Pella Community Memory Database
May 2021 - Volume 3, Issue 5 -- pellacmd.com
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!
Lots of Parks!
Thank you for your patience with this newsletter as everyone was making their way through a very busy and successful Tulip Time season! It reminds us of the hard work and dedication of the City Community Services Department, and the beautiful areas that are both natural and functional which exist throughout Pella. Our newest collection, Park Views, just opened during the month of May and brings you unprecedented access to a wide range of photographs depicting the history of Pella parks and recreation areas. The above photograph depicts the old Central Park welcome arch, located near the site of the current Information Windmill, in about 1920. Beyond can be seen the Civil War statue that still stands, and on either side Civil War cannons and cannonball stacks that would later be donated as scrap for the war effort during World War II. Even beyond that, we can see the old bandstand that used to occupy the north end of the park.
Think you know Pella Park History? How about the photograph above showing the Pella Municipal Bath House in 1908? The lake (more of a pond, really) was a popular spot for people for decades, prior to the site becoming home to Swimming Pool Park. The changes taking place in our shared public spaces over time produce some of the most intriguing stories!
And Sometimes, You Just Get Lucky...
The above photograph is incredibly valuable from a historical perspective. Click on it to get a larger view, and you'll realize that this aerial photo depicts the exact configuration of a majority of Central Park during a narrow time period between approximately 1940 and 1945, during which the original Tulip Toren was erected but before it was torn down due to instability. The tower is much more centrally located and is surrounded by amphitheater-style seating on the west and southwest sides. Despite the narrow timeframe when it was upright, it appears that at least one sidewalk may have been laid to compliment the tower. Also just visible in the photo, to the right of the Tulip Toren, is the original Central Park fountain, located approximately where the sundial is now.
So, What's Next?
Our Park Views collection is currently being developed, and images are rolling in! Check back often for the latest updates. On the near horizon are some more updates to the Pella First Baptist Church records collection, as well as improvements to the layout and usability of the site. We also might have some summer activities and fun related to the Database... we'll let you know as soon as we can!
For More Information
This newsletter is published monthly with funding from an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant.
For more information, please contact:
Pella Public Library
603 Main Street
Pella, IA 50219