Ottumwa Public Library is happy to announce a special Saturday story time on March 15, 2014 at 10:30 am. The stories and craft are for all kids and will take place in the library’s meeting room at 102 W. 4th St. in Ottumwa.
Jenna Bates, Children’s Librarian, will be doing a story time with a St. Patrick’s Day themed books. Attendees will also get craft time following the stories.
Ice Age Mammoths in Iowa:
An Update on the
Mahaska County Mammoth Excavation
This winter has felt a bit like the return of the Ice Age, so it seems the perfect time to host a program about Iowa’s Ice Age fauna, and OPL’s Reminisce Society is pleased to present Ottumwa native Sarah Horgen to do just that. Horgen is the education and outreach coordinator for the University of Iowa’s Natural History Museum, and she will discuss the mega-animals that inhabited the Ice Age Midwest, specifically those that are currently being excavated in Mahaska County, at the upcoming Reminisce program, Tuesday, February 25, at 10:00 a.m. in the library’s meeting room. Her program will provide an update on the ongoing Mahaska County mammoth excavation, and a discussion of the importance of this discovery and what the associated research may tell us about Iowa during the Ice Age.
The Pleistocene, or Ice Age, began over 2.5 million years ago and ended a short 10,000 years ago, and during that time, Iowa was home to such creatures as giant sloths, mastodons, and mammoths. A Mahaska County landowner found bones on his property in 2010, and later approached the University of Iowa for assistance in further excavation when it became clear that there were more bones than originally thought. Those bones were the impetus for the Mahaska County mammoth excavation, and for more than two years now, Horgen and the UI Museum of Natural History have been coordinating the excavation and research efforts at the site, now in collaboration with the Mahaska County Conservation Board.
Horgen, a 1998 OHS graduate, worked for the UI Office of the State Archaeologist from 2002-05, and since 2005, has been with the Museum of Natural History. Her duties there include coordinating research excavations across the state of Iowa, as well as developing educational programs for the museum, overseeing museum galleries, and making presentations on natural history to groups across the state.
Plan to join us on Tuesday, February 25, for a fascinating glimpse into Iowa’s past. Reminisce Society programs are free and open to everyone. For further information, please call the library’s Reference Desk at 641-682-7563, extension 205.
Nothing makes a historic house more alive than hearing stories of the people who lived within its four walls, their successes and failures, their celebrations and tragedies, their children, their pets…and the occasional ghost which shares the home with them. Architectural historian Molly Naumann will relate stories such as these when she returns to the Reminisce Society to present her program “Houses with Stories” at the Ottumwa Public Library on Tuesday, January 28, at 10:00 a.m.
As an architectural historian, Naumann travels the state, assisting communities and individuals with evaluation of historic structures and nominations to the National Historic Register, as well as educating adults and children alike about the remarkable buildings in their neighborhoods. In her travels, she often meets the owners of historic houses who want to share the stories of their homes with her. The “Houses with Stories” program is a collection of Naumann’s favorite stories as shared by Iowans living in historic homes, and will focus primarily on houses in southeast Iowa.
Reminisce programs are free and open to the public, and are especially for those interested in Iowa and local history. For further information, please contact the library’s Reference Desk at 641-682-7563, extension 205.