The Story County Genealogical Society recently updated their publicity brochure and I spent part of a day delivering some of them to the public libraries in the rural areas of the county. What a delightful experience! Not only was I warmly welcomed by the library staff, but they were so excited to show me what they had in their genealogy and local history collections. (Maybe they have the genealogy “gene” and it has yet to manifest itself!)
The whole experience was a bit overwhelming in that the quantity and quality of what is in these collections is just amazing: old newspapers, centennial books, composite senior pictures (in one case, dating from 1895), scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, church records, compiled family histories, cemetery listings … just a treasure trove of things that likely will not see a presence on the Internet anytime soon, if ever. But they are available for researching to anyone looking for their ancestors.
Three cheers for the public libraries in rural Iowa … and their people who deliver the goods!