Fly with Banning is an interactive educational traveling exhibit highlighting the life story of an African American aviation hero - James Herman Banning. Banning became the first African American to receive a U.S. Department of Commerce pilot’s license and to complete a transcontinental flight. Before moving to California and completing his historic flight, he studied at Iowa State College, managed an auto repair shop in Ames, and learned to fly near Des Moines. Join us for an opening reception on February 1 and a family event on February 8. View more information on our calendar of events.
Ames Historical Society
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:00pm
Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
Ames Hi Aiming High Through the Years
Current smaller exhibits include:
Artifacts from the Attic: Dolls
A City Afloat: Floods of the 1990s
416 Douglas Ave # 101
Ames, IA 50010
Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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.