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, progra... Read more
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.
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.