On April 27 1907, Vice President Charles Fairbanks draws a crowd of Ames folks at the corner of Main and Douglas while standing in his buggy drawn by two white horses. At the corner is Parley Sheldon’s Story County Bank. Looking north up Douglas the post office can be seen with flags flying. Next door is Ames’ first Masonic Temple, later the location of the Pantorium, and on the corner of Douglas and 5th is the Ames Hotel, now the site of the Ames History Center.
Ames Historical Society
Saturday, October 29, 2016 (All day)
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 6:45pm
Friday, November 11, 2016 -5:00pm to 8:00pm
Thursday, November 24, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, November 26, 2016 (All day)
Saturday, December 3, 2016 -11:00am to 2:00pm
A Time of Expansion: The Ames Building Boom of 1915-1916
The years 1915 and 1916 brought great expansion to the city of Ames. In that short time Ames saw the building of the Sheldon-Munn Hotel, a new City Hall, the Masonic Building, and Mary Greeley Hospital. This exhibit focuses on the history of each of these iconic buildings and how they impacted the community at the time. The exhibit includes photos from the buildings' pasts, historical objects representing each building, and fun interactive activities for the whole family. Exhibit sponsored by Mary Greeley Medical Center.
Current smaller exhibits include:
Julia Laughlin: Ames' Woman Station Master
Early Ames Autos
Native American Tools
416 Douglas Ave # 101
Ames, IA 50010
Monday through Friday afternoons from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm and other times by appointment.
The Ames History Center is located at 416 Douglas Avenue. The building was paid off in early 2012, but the Society continues to rent out about half of the building to cover operating costs. The Society occupies the entire first floor of the building, accessible from the main entrance on the corner of Douglas and 5th.
The History Center includes archival storage, offices, a media room, meeting space, and display space. Artifacts are currently stored in five off-site storage facilities. Our mission is to engage our diverse public and provide unique opportunities to learn about Ames history.