Voices From The Past: A few members of the Wall of Witnesses to drop in on the 21st Century, Soumas Court, Sat., July 6, 10:00 a.m.
In honor of Perry’s 150th birthday, six members of the Wall of Witnesses will step into the 21st Century to give us a glimpse of their past lives. Meet dancer Betty Mae Harris, played (and danced) by Sierra Coleman; historian Eugene Hastie, played by Joe Cerwinske; librarian Flora Bailey, played by Jill Cook; the popcorn lady Celeste Council, played by Andrea Brownlee; cartoonist Snick Hamlin, played by Eoin Davis; and “everybody’s friend,” Mike Kanealy, played by Pat Graney. Many will be interviewed by ThePerryNews.com editor Jim Caufield, and a few by young Perry actors Ian, Autumn, and Violet Thompson.
Dramatizations are written by Karol Crosbie and the free performance is produced and directed by Merrilee Bales. Rain location next door at the Town and Craft gallery.
Tracking Perry's Railroader Heritage
Hometown Heritage’s new exhibit at the Carnegie Library will hold special interest for townspeople whose ancestors worked on Perry’s railroads. On display are the names of more than 900 railroaders, from 1880-1980, obtained from geneology notebooks compiled by the late Arlene Hamman, which are also on display.
Hamman, who worked for the Perry Chief, had access to vintage newspapers and photocopied hundreds of stories for her notebooks. Forest Park Museum, which contributed artifacts for the exhibit, recently transferred ownership of the notebooks to Hometown Heritage.
Past Exhibitions and Events
- Becoming American: Family & Community (Oct. 2018). Screening of documentary about a Dominican American family living in Brooklyn and community discussion led by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach's Jon Wolseth.
- Becoming American: Help Wanted? (Oct. 2018). Screening of documentary about the economic history of immigration and community discussion led by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach's Jon Wolseth.
- Becoming American: Identity & Acculturation (Oct. 2018). Screening of documentary about Nigerian refugees living in Chicago, IL and community discussion led by Drake University Professor Inbal Mazar.
- Becoming American: Promise & Prejudice (Sept. 2018). Screening of documentary about immigrants and refugees living in Shelbyville, TN and community discussion led by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach's Jon Wolseth.
- Becoming American: A Century of Immigration (Sept. 2018). Screening of documentary on the history of immigration in America and community discussion led by Drake University Professor Inbal Mazar.
- Little Salsa on the Prairie Screening & Community Discussion (Sept. 2018). Screening of documentary on immigration in Perry, with presentations by the filmmakers and community members.
- WWI, Superheroes and Comics and Youth Activism during WWI (July 2018). Week-long programming series on the representation of WWI in comics and the contributions of young people at home to the war effort during WWI.
- Camp Dodge during WWI with Mike Vogt (July 2018). Gold Star Museum Curator Mike Vogt gave a talk on the history of Camp Dodge.
- Tracing WWI Stories with Leo Landis (June 2018). State Curator Leo Landis led a genealogy workshop on how to find out more about WWI ancestors.
- WWI Veterans and Life at Home during the War (June - July 2018). Exhibit collecting Perry and Iowa's WWI stories, including photos and documents from community members.
- Discussion with Sarah Weyer (June 2018). Former NASA contractor Sarah Weyer discussed editing instruction manuals for Mission Control before the days of modern computers.
- Perry Fire History (April 2018). Assistant Fire Chief and Historian Brian Eiteman discussed Perry's fire history and his recent book.
- Dallas County History Trivia Night (November 2017). Emceed by author Darcy Maulsby.
- Amy Worthen Print-making Lecture (October 2017). Curator Lea Rossen DeLong lectured on print-making and Des Moines Artist Amy Worthen.
- Night at the Carnegie Fundraiser Dinner (October 2017). Charity dinner and history presentations by author Darcy Maulsby and FCCT president Bill Clark.
- Wall of Witnesses: Jim Walstrom (September 2017). Event unveiling artist's relief of Jim Walstrom for the Wall of Witnesses.
- Dallas County History with Darcy Maulsby (September 2017). Author Darcy Mauslby spoke about book on Dallas County.