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Mission Statement

Our mission is to engage our diverse public and provide unique opportunities to learn about Ames history. We carry out this mission by:

- maintaining an archive, artifact collection and website


- providing research assistance, exhibits, tours, programs and publications


- and operating an 1860s one-room schoolhouse museum.

Description

  • Preserve Ames history - The Society collects archival material and artifacts to document city government, schools, businesses, organizations, residents, transportation and events and celebrations throughout Ames history.
  • Provide reference service - Questions come to us daily by email, correspondence, phone and walk-in traffic.
  • Maintain a website - The "virtual" concept for sharing our collections is well illustrated by our website containing over 7,000 pages of content available 24/7/365 to anyone with connectivity.
  • Operate a one-room school museum- Hoggatt School was the first schoolhouse in the vicinity. It was built in 1861-1862 to serve residents before the city of Ames was established. The acquisition, move and restoration of this school were the driving forces in the founding of the society
  • Provide photos to the Ames Tribune - The weekly "From the Archives" photo series has been running since 2006.
  • Loan exhibits - At various times staff members have created a variety of exhibits that can be loaned at no charge to Ames organizations.
  • Present programs - Local organizations may request programs on a number of specific topics.
  • Give tours - An historic walk through downtown Ames is conducted on demand throughout the year except during the winter season.
  • Educate youth - Primary school childrencannot always make field trips to ourheadquarters, so staff takes selected objects and archival material to the classrooms.

Website

http://www.ameshistory.org

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