Off the Map : Stories of Abandoned and Disappearing Towns Around Iowa by Rosa Snyder.

Please join us as we celebrate National Library Week 2018 with Rosa Snyder!
When Apr 09, 2018
from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Wall Lake Public Library
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Contact Phone 712-664-2983
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Rosa SnyderThousands of towns and communities were established during Iowa’s pioneer and railroad era. In some instances, they were small towns built around the time of the height of a coal industry that just could not thrive while others supplemented the needs of the countless farmers, and still others were established for very different reasons. Many existed for a few years, some slowly faded away over time, and a few never existed except as “paper” towns. Regardless of why they originated or why they diminished, each community has its own unique story…Towns are truly windows to our past and have helped form the history of our state. Discovering and learning about them helps to keep their names and memories from oblivion…Take a tour around Iowa exploring a sampling of these idiosyncratic communities in photographs and stories. 
Directions and a brief description of each town will be made available.

Presentation # 1—Towns include:  Dale City, woolen mill town—Guthrie County, Indiantown, Mormon settlement—Cass County, Liberty Center, pioneer town—Warren County, Marietta, former county seat—Marshall County, Monroe City, state capital candidate—Jasper County, Ortonville, circus village—Dallas County, and Zook Spur, coal mining town—Dallas County.

The Wall Lake Public Library has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host this program.  A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa's communities.  This program is free and open to the public.  If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance, please call 712-664-2983 in advance.

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This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.