Holiday Hours

The State Historical Society of Iowa has announced special holiday hours in Des Moines and Iowa City. These changes are for these weeks ONLY. Questions? Call 515-281-5111.

Thanksgiving Week: Open Monday, 11/23, Tuesday, 11/24 and Wednesday, 11/25 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Closed Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Christmas Week: Open Tuesday, 12/22, Wednesday, 12/23, and Thursday, 12/24 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday.

New Years Week: Open Tuesday, 12/29, Wednesday, 12/30, and Thursday, 12/31 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday.


IGS will be closed, Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, 11/26 but will be open regular hours Friday and Saturday. We will be closing at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Thursday, 12/24, and will remain closed until Saturday, 1/2/2016. The library will be open for Members Only on New Years Day, 1/1/2016 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Conference Success

What a great Fall Conference! Our speaker, John Philip Colletta, shared a lot of information and wonderful stories. At our celebration banquet on Friday evening, the Simpson College Drama department, headed by Jennifer Nostrala, shared some of the stories that had been submitted for the 50th anniversary story contests. The anniversary quilt was won by Ron Hiemstra. A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers that helped make the conference a success! Continue reading

Ancestry Library Edition

IGS has received a donation to add Ancestry Library Edition for patron use. It is now available on the patron computers.

Ancestry Library Edition iconAncestry Library Edition, the largest online family history resource available, provides unprecedented access to family history via documents that record the lineage of individuals from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more. It brings the world’s most popular consumer online family history resource to the IGS Library.