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Ames American Revolution Bicentennial Commission records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0074

Scope and Content

This collection (1974-1976) contains activities and events planning materials, correspondence, financial information, a scrapbook, material related to the time capsule, the Quilt Story, Town Hall Talks Series, and minutes of commission meetings. The scrapbook mostly contains public relations material including memorandums, news clippings programs, resolutions, and event schedules and the "Quilt Story" which describes the making of the Ames Bicentennial Quilt. An extensive part of the collection is the Town Hall Talks Series. The series, organized by the Heritage Committee, was one part of Ames’ bicentennial celebration. Speakers' topics included what the Ames, Iowa State and surrounding communities were like in the past and topics related to United States history.


  • 1974-1976

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


The Ames Foundation, created in May 1975 for educational and charitable purposes, headed the Ames American Revolution Bicentennial Commission. The bicentennial celebration was held in the summer of 1976, and was held in various cities all over the state of Iowa, but planning for the event started in 1974. Events included concerts, speakers, several county fairs and festivals, tours, flag ceremonies, and themed events such as the Pioneer Farm Days.


0.84 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)

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Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

MS-0074. Ames American Revolution Bicentennial Commission records, 1974-1976
February 11, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
(515) 294-6672