The banks of Lake LaVerne were lined with more than 300 Story County kids taking part in the first annual kids’ fishing contest sponsored by the Ames Izaak Walton League in September of 1949. That day the fish weren’t biting well as only 200 bullheads, some sunfish, and one big gold fish were pulled from the lake. In later years the contest was moved to McFarland Lake north of Ames.
Ames Historical Society
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
Central Junior High
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.