Local History

Farwell T. Brown Photo Archive

Collegian Theater, Ames, Iowa

 

The images in this unique photo archive are from Farwell T. Brown's lifetime collection of original photographs, postcards, advertisements, and news articles which chronicle the history of Ames, Iowa. 

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The Heritage Room

Heritage Room filled with books, two desks, and historical artwork


Ames Public Library has more local history resources — including yearbooks — in the Heritage Room on the second floor.

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Ames Tribune Archive

Ames Daily Tribune, April 18, 1945

 

Search issues of the Ames Tribune and Ames Intelligencer dating back to 1877 online for free! 

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Ames History Lectures

Find out about Ames History Museum's lecture series and see recorded presentations at www.amespubliclibrary.org/HistoryLectures

 

Genealogy Plus Events

Learn about this year's series of Genealogy Plus presentations and workshops at www.amespubliclibrary.org/GenealogyPlus.

 

Upcoming History & Genealogy Events

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Genealogy Plus

10:00am - 12:00pm
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: History/Genealogy
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 47
Program Details:
  Topic — Gems & Junk: A Beginner’s Guide to Online Research Speaker — Alice Hoyt Veen, CG Today’s family historians have an amazing selection of online sources and resources for genealogical research. What are the best ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome proposals via our website for programs at www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal and exhibits at https://www.amespubliclibrary.org/exhibit-proposal.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Your ISU Historians

7:00pm - 8:30pm
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: History/Genealogy
Program Details:
  Topic — Isolating the Enemy: Diplomatic Strategy in China and the United States, 1953-1956 Speaker — Tao Wang Description: In the mid-1950s China and the United States tried to isolate each other internationally. As this t...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome proposals via our website for programs at www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal and exhibits at https://www.amespubliclibrary.org/exhibit-proposal.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: History/Genealogy
Program Details:
  Topic — Exploring the Trice Connection: Jack's African-American ISC Friends, Family, and Classmates Speaker — Gloria Betcher, Historical Researcher; Teaching Prof. of English, Iowa State University October 1923 marks the centen...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome proposals via our website for programs at www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal and exhibits at https://www.amespubliclibrary.org/exhibit-proposal.

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