Pella Community Memory Database

March 2020 - Volume 2, Issue 3

Pella Public Library is pleased to provide you with this free monthly newsletter keeping you informed on the progress being made on the Pella Community Memory Database (PCMD), a new grant-funded project sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). We hope you will find this newsletter informative!

Informational Videos Now Available on YouTube

The Pella Community Memory Database now has a series of informational videos available on YouTube! Learn about the premise behind the PCMD project, learn about how to use the PCMD, and learn about how to help the PCMD as a volunteer.

PCMD-001: Introduction to the Pella Community Memory Database (11:26)

PCMD-002: How to Use the Pella Community Memory Database (7:14)

PCMD-003: Pella Community Memory Database Volunteer Orientation (15:41)

Just like a college course, it is recommended to watch the videos in the order they are numbered. Take a look today and leave us your feedback! Let us know what other videos you would like to see!

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Pella Womens' Club Scrapbooks Now Online!

In addition to the progress we've been making on the Family History Files scanning, we have opened up our second collection on the Pella Community Memory Database! Check out the Pella Women's Club scrapbook collection! Containing records from 2012 to the club's disbandment in 2015, these scrapbooks provide a historical record of an active civic and social organization in Pella. Take a look today!
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Partnership with Pella First Baptist Church

We are exceptionally pleased to announce a partnership with Pella First Baptist Church, where we will be scanning five books of handwritten church records which start in 1844! Additionally, we will be scanning approximately 16 Sunday School and Ladies' Aid Society books which are out of copyright. Look for this exciting project to start appearing on the PCMD within the next few months!

What If I Have Things to Add?

We are always interested in collecting local history, no matter what the source. At this point, the focus is on the two primary goals of the Initial Grant (the Family History Files at the Pella Public LIbrary during the first year and the Pella Historical Society Photographs during the second year). Additionally, we are scanning some materials from select organizations in order to provide a proof-of-concept and demonstrate some of the diverse ways in which the PCMD can represent local history.

That said, if you have a proposal for personal historical records which you would like added to our database, we would love to add you to a future contact list. Please contact and we can discuss what might be involved!

For More Information

This newsletter is published monthly with funding from an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant.

For more information, please contact:

Chris Brown

Project Director

Pella Public Library

603 Main Street

Pella, IA 50219