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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Upcoming History & Genealogy Events

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Genealogy Plus

10:00am - 12:00pm
Adults
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: History/Genealogy, Presentation
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 192
Program Details:
  Topic: Tools of the Trade: Timelines, Tables, Templates and More! Presenter: Alice Hoyt Veen, CG Each monthly Genealogy PLUS features an hour-long presentation by an expert followed by a study session. This month, we'll talk abou...


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.

Quilting Then and Now

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Adults
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts/Crafts, History/Genealogy
Program Details:
  Historically, the focus of women’s art-making has been on the finished product. This program will shift the spotlight to women’s skill, expertise, and technical command. We will also explore quilting as a socially and culturally complex p...


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.

Ames History Museum Lecture Series

7:00pm - 8:30pm
Adults
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: History/Genealogy, Presentation
Program Details:
Topic: Streamliners Across Iowa Presenter: Bob Bourne, Iowa railroad historian Join Ames History Museum and Ames Public Library for a series of online lectures. Sleek railroad Streamliners criss-crossed Iowa from the mid-1930s through...


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.