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Poweshiek History Preservation Project

PHPP is a digital archive of the Poweshiek County area that includes materials contributed by individuals and items from the Drake Community Library, Grinnell College and area historical museums. PHPP volunteers can help scan items contributed by individuals by appointment. Items can also be submitted in digital form by individuals. The project is also collecting oral histories which are conducted by volunteers.

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Postcard of the canning factory in Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

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Girl dressed in white walking bicycle into Central Park in Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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View looking east on the Rock Island railroad tracks in Grinnell, Iowa. Chapin House is on the left; the depot is visible in the distance. On the very far left of the image the pillars of the porch of the Monroe Hotel can be seen. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Photograph of the Chester Church in its original location in Chester Township, Iowa. Originally a Congregational Church, it was given in 1996 to the congregation of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Grinnell, Iowa. St. Paul's paid for the structure's relocation to its present site on State Street and 6th Ave. This photograph dates from the early part of the 20th century.

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Civil War veterans in Grinnell, Iowa.

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Postcard view of Grinnell College buildings along Park Street in Grinnell, Iowa. From left to right: Carnegie Library, Herrick Chapel, Steiner Hall and Goodnow Hall. Photo is between 1885 (when the building was built) and 1926 (when the dome on the tower was removed). Postcard published by Co-Mo Foto Co., Watertown, Wisc. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Come Back Cafe in Grinnell, Iowa. It was located on Commercial Street in what is currently (2014) the parking lot to the south of Grinnell State Bank. The window advertises "Regular Dinner" for 25 cents and "Hot Cakes" for 15 cents. Coca-Cola sign under window.

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Congregational Church, Grinnell, Iowa, known as the Old Stone Church. Shows electric poles along the streets and street lights. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

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Postcard view of the Congregational Church in Grinnell, Iowa. A C.T. American Art postcard numbered 122421, published by Curt Teich Company between 1900 and 1908. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Photograph of the Corrough Block at 901 Main Street (northwest corner of 4th and Main) in Grinnell, Iowa. Built in 1900 in Romanesque style; the building was significant for its use of stone and brick. The Main Street facade features rusticated stone. The Fourth Avenue facade is constructed of rough textured burgundy brick on the lower level and smooth-moulded buff colored brick on the upper level. The oriel window on the second floor was where the dental chair sat because of the good lighting. Photo also features man and woman standing outside of bank. Horses and buggies in the street. Boardwalk across the unpaved street. Visible businesses include F.A. Palmer Dentist, Lanphere Land co., Gallagher Dentist, and a drug store. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Portrait of Dr. Samuel Austin Cravath, editor of the Grinnell Herald, Grinnell, Iowa, from 1872 to 1894. Portrait by Stallings. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

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A family poses outside their rural home. A young boy sits on a horse; an older man wearing a hat, suit with vest and watch fob stands with his hands on his hips; another man and woman stand to the left. There is a windmill in the background. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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Exterior view of the First Baptist Church (Grinnell, Iowa) at 4th Avenue and Park Street looking northeast with a group of women and children in Sunday dress. Note the wooden sidewalk; streets had not yet been paved. Notable steeple. Picture was taken some time before 1906 when the Brand Apartments were built.

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Interior view of the First Baptist Church (Grinnell, Iowa) located at 4th Avenue and Park Street. View faces altar and organ pipes, includes empty pews and electrical chandelier.

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Photograph of students outside of a schoolhouse. Back of photo is labeled: "School number 6, First school, Newburg, Ia. R.S.P." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection 20, Grinnell Schools.

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Four actors from an early production of "She Stoops to Conquer," performed in Grinnell, Iowa by a traveling theater troupe, probably sometime in the early 1900s. The backs of the photos identify three of the actors as Bobbie Bridge as Miss Hardcastle, D.D. Griffith as Tony Lumpkin, and John Smith as George. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #100, Early Theater Productions.

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C. U. Williams Photoette
Postcard view of Fourth Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa, looking west from the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Broad Street. Mud streets, electrical poles along the streets. Postcard produced by C. U. Williams Photoette, Bloomington, Illinois. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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George Full "Jud" Gilbert and Edgar Elliott pose in their buggy in front of the Monroe Hotel in Grinnell, Iowa, circa 1900-1910. Jud Gilbert is the driver and Edgard Elliott is the passenger. The horses' names are Maud and Dandy.

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View of Grinnell College Campus through the trees. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

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Harness racing at the Grinnell, Iowa, fairgrounds, ca. 1900-1910. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

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