Historical and Preservation Society of Pottawattamie County


County Seat Council Bluffs, Iowa

2019 Kanesville Speakers Series

        Everybody likes a good story, and it's hard to imagine a place with more of them than Council Bluffs.

     The Society has teamed with Preserve Council Bluffs to create what promises to be a highly informative as well as entertaining look at the area's past.

     The programs are planned to be one hour in length and will be held at the Council Bluffs library.

     Topics are subject to change but at present include the Woodward Candy Factory and their advertising icons, the "little people" of Council Bluffs, Jean and Inez Bregant, both under 45 inches tall, Ewalds and the other Broadway drive-ins, Playland Park, the YMCA and its prolific local architect J. Chris Jensen, the Wickham brick factory and its influence, and the local theaters, and more.

     There is no charge for Historical Society members; the fee for non-members is $5.  Due to library policy tickets for non-members who want to attend must be purchased in advance and cannot be bought at the door.  Tickets can be purchased online (below), at the RailsWest or "Squirrel Cage" Jail museums during their open hours, or by contacting Pat Murphy at 402-850-0822.

     These programs will follow a "Share and Tell" format; guests having related photos or memorabilia to show are encouraged to bring it and after the lecture share any information, experiences or stories they may have about the topic.

     Best value: become a Historical Society member and see all the programs at no additional charge. Click here to learn how!

Thursday, August 29-- Bluffs and its Burgers

6:30 pm, Council Bluffs Public Library

     Hamburger is a big deal.


     Hamurgers account for 17% of all meal transactions.  The five biggest restaurant chains in America have burgers as their core menu item.


     It wasn’t always that way. A hundred years ago a “hamburger sandwich” wouldn’t have been so easy to find in Council Bluffs.  Something about the rise of automobiles after World War II and the portability of a burger made for a good combination, and hamburgers took over Broadway and other parts of the city as the staple diet of locals in general and teenagers in particular.


     Thursday evening, August 29, 6:30 pm at the Council Bluffs Public Library, Preserve Council Bluffs explores burgers, Broadway, carhops, and carefree summer evenings at the drive-in restaurants of Council Bluffs.  From Maid Rite to Ewalds to Kings, the program endeavors to provide memories and burger history through photos and narrative by Dr. Richard Warner.


     The program is free to members of the Historical Society of Pottawattamie; members of the public are welcome to attend for a $5 admission fee.  Due to library policy and to ensure sufficient seating guests are asked to purchase tickets in advance.  This can be done online (below), at the Squirrel Cage Jail or RailsWest Museums during their open hours, of by phoning Patricia Murphy, 402-850-0822.

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Admission is $5 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance; Historical Sciety members are free and need no advance ticket.