March 2010

Family Maps

We recently acquired some great maps for surrounding counties entitled Family Maps of Iowa, by Arphax Publishing.  These maps contain a treasure trove of information for local historians and genealogists.  Family Maps for the following counties are available:  Jasper, Madison, Story, and Warren.  Unfortunately, there is not one available&n

Terrace Hill

Benjamin Franklin Allen and his wife Arathusa celebrated the completion of Terrace Hill on their fifteenth wedding anniversary, January 29,1869.  It is said to have cost the Allens $250,000 (about 4 million in today's currency) in construction and furnishings  for the home.    B.F

David Rumsey Collection

Old original books and images are wonderful, but digital versions have many advantages.  You can print on demand, save, export, share, zoom, etc.  The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection allows you to do this with the 1875 Illustrated Historical Atlas of Iowa, published by Andreas Atlas Company.  Print copies are available for viewing at the Des Moines Public Library locations (dependent upon condition).   Pages focusing on Polk County can be viewed at