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.

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Now temporarily available for access outside the library until December! Click here, select 'Login required-click here,' enter your username and PIN, and select Ancestry Library Edition to start researching.

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Upcoming History & Genealogy Events

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Genealogy Help Session

10:00am - 12:00pm
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Danfoss Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: History/Genealogy
Program Details:
  Run into a brick wall? Not sure where to start researching your roots? Stop by this monthly meetup of local genealogists to get help with research, software and writing your family story.   Provided in partner...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

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:
  Review of Genealogy Software Speaker: Dennis Allen Genealogy software provides a method of keeping track of research. But which software does what? Dennis Allen will give an overview of several different genealogy sof...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Genealogy Help Session

10:00am - 12:00pm
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Danfoss Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: History/Genealogy
Program Details:
  Run into a brick wall? Not sure where to start researching your roots? Stop by this monthly meetup of local genealogists to get help with research, software and writing your family story.   Provided in partner...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.