Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer 2014 Hours - Sundays 2-4 Begins June 22

The Cambridge Historical Association will be open for research from 2 to 4 p.m. on most Sundays this summer.  First Sunday is June 22.  Find us at 504 3rd Street in Cambridge, Iowa.

Complete List of Dates
  • June 22
  • June 29
  • July 13
  • July 27
  • August 3
  • August 10
  • August 17
  • August 24
See you there!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Skunk River Valley Days - June 12-15, 2014

The first annual Skunk River Valley Days kicks off with Family Movie Night on Thursday, June 12th.  It continues Friday and Saturday with a variety of events before concluding Sunday with Worship in the Park and a potluck.  The parade, with a new route, kicks off Saturday at 10 a.m.  See all the details on the Cambridge Iowa Events Committee Facebook page (anyone can see it - no Facebook account required).  And the complete schedule can be viewed here.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Cambridge Alumni Banquet - June 7, 2014

The Cambridge Independent School District Alumni Banquet & Reunion will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Ballard East Elementary School. Social Hour will begin at 4:00 PM with dinner being served at 5:00 PM. The program will follow. Honor years are 1938, 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973 and 1978.

If you ever lived in Cambridge, you are a STAR OF CAMBRIDGE! The more stars, the brighter the night. Nowhere else will you find so many of those who are part of your Cambridge memories than at the banquet and reunion! Everyone is welcome so invite anyone you know,. If you are aware of any classmates who have passed from this life since June 1, 2013, please help us to remember them by including their names and date of death, if known.

President: Roger Griffith, 60391 320th St, Cambridge, 515-229-7510
Secretary: Berk Fletcher: 8508 NW Country Club, Urbandale, IA 50322 515-276-3683
Treasurer: Monte & Carolyn Sesker, 31607 580th Ave, Cambridge, 515-383-4342

Sunday, November 10, 2013

American Legion Mural Being Restored

The Cambridge American Legion had a mural created on their building in 2005.  This mural created by John Neal and Ken Tynan was listed as number 49 in The 50 Most Stunning Wall Murals From Around The World

Restoration of this mural is now underway by Shawn Palek of Slater.  You can see his pictures of some of the restoration on his Facebook fine art page.  The picture above shows the mural as of November 8, 2013.  The Tri-County Times November 7, 2013 (subscription required to read online) has an interview with him about the project.  Funds from the Cambridge American Legion and a grant from the Story County Community Foundation  have made the restoration possible.

Come and see this Cambridge landmark on Water Street!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Cambridge Jubilee Days - June 7-9, 2013

The Cambridge Memorial Library has the schedule for this years Jubilee Days in Cambridge, Iowa.  It begins Friday with several events starting at 5 p.m.  Saturday has a full schedule including the Parade which starts at 10 a.m.

As part of this, the Cambridge Historical Association will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Stop in and see our displays.

Come and enjoy all the events!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Meeting with Story County Supervisors - October 18, 2012

Each year the members of the Story County Historical Alliance meet with the Story County Supervisors to describe our accomplishments and challenges.  This year the Huxley Historical Society were the hosts for our meeting on October 18.  Supervisors Wayne Clinton, Paul Toot, and Rick Sanders, and candidate Lauris Olson were present along with members of most of the Story County History groups.  Thank you to the Supervisors for their continuing interest and support.

This is what we described and provided as a summary to the Supervisors.

Cambridge Historical Association
PO Box 461
Cambridge, IA 50046

Cambridge’s busiest community season is from the end of May to mid-June.  The Cambridge Historical Association’s participation included:
  • We updated our Cambridge Veterans list which the Boy Scouts then used to place American flags on the veterans graves for the American Legion Auxiliary for Memorial Day Ceremonies.
  • The Cambridge Alumni Association annual banquet included our Open House before the banquet.
  • Being part of the parade for the Cambridge Jubilee Days followed by another Open House for the community.
  • Our Open Houses featured the Cambridge High School Class Pictures which had been assembled by the Cambridge Alumni Association.  These are now part of our permanent collection.

Other projects this year included:
  • Participating in a Ballard School project on the history of local communities.
  • Increasing our holdings of Cambridge/Ballard school yearbooks.
  • Adding to and updating our displays.
  • Our major financial investment - replacement of the furnace for our building.

Our supporters, which includes former residents and others interested in the local history, have continued to donate historical items, support our group, and request help finding information from our files.  Recent requests have included one from California and another from Norway via a cousin in Minnesota.

We have begun using Twitter to highlight happenings of the Cambridge Historical Association and of the Story County Historical Alliance.  You can follow us at @chanotes.

You can find the Story County Historical Alliance website at:

The Story County Historical Alliance website has had 1329 pageviews so far this year.  

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Titanic Disaster in the Cambridge Leader

The April 18, 1912 issue of the Cambridge Leader, Vol. XVII No 51, page 6 reported the initial reports of the sinking of the Titanic as shown to the left.