"It’s a hell of a hall for a cow college," an Iowan commented as he entered the new C.Y. Stephens Auditorium to hear the New York Philharmonic on opening night. Since its debut in 1969 on a former cornfield, the Auditorium has hosted performances as diverse as pop music, classical symphonies, ballet and wrestling meets! Hear known and not-so-well-known behind-the-scenes stories about this remarkable building as it marks its first 50 years. Presented by Tammy Koolbeck, Executive Director, Iowa State Center. Memories will also be shared by Warren Madden, retired senior vice president of business and finance at Iowa State. Presented in partnership with Ames Public Library and Ames Public Library Friends Foundation.
Ames Historical Society
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:00pm
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 2:00pm
Exploring Historic Ames: Unique Selections from the Farwell T. Brown Photographic Archive
This exhibit features photos collected by Farwell Brown, Ames historian and founder of the historical society. The photos on display were chosen from the collection based on their ability to place visitors in the past. Featured photos include early interiors of Ames businesses, stereoscope images taken by Martin Morrison, and a life-sized replica of the H-tree, which serves as a photo op for visitors. The exhibit is presented in partnership with the Ames Public Library, which hosts the full photo collection on its website.
Current smaller exhibits include:
Miss Ames 1938
Artifacts from the Attic: Alexander Plow Company
Younkers Little Shop
Special lobby exhibit: panorama of parade for World War I soldiers returning home, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day on November 11.
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, and museum display space. Artifacts are currently stored in off-site storage facilities. Our mission is to engage our diverse public and provide unique opportunities to learn about Ames history.