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.  Admission can be paid online (below), at the RailsWest or "Squirrel Cage" Jail museums during their open hours, or by contacting Pat Murphy at 402-850-0822.


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

Thursday, Thursday, September 26-- Mysteries of Lake Manawa

6:30 pm, Council Bluffs Public Library

      It took just five years for “Cut-Off Lake” to fast track from an overgrown body of water only a hunter could love into the “Coney Island of the Midwest.”  Thursday, September 29, Preserve Council Bluffs presents “Mysteries of Lake Manawa” at the Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Street, at 6:30 pm. The program will look the border dispute between Iowa and Nebraska caused by the shifting river, the “park years” from 1900-1920, Manawa school, the Fish and Game club, Marinas, neighborhoods, and the constant battle to keep water in the lake.  In addition to the presentation there will be several artifacts and photos on display that have never been exhibited.  The program will be presented by Jon Barnes and Troy Stolp.


     This program is part of the Kanesville Speakers Series and is free to members of the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County.  Nonmembers are welcome to attend for a $5 admission fee.  Due to library policy and to ensure sufficient seating guests are asked to pay admission in advance.  This can be done online (below) or mail a check to Patricia Murphy, at 333 Willow Avenue, Council Bluffs, 51503. To reserve a spot by phone contact Patricia Murphy at 402-850-0822.  Admission is also payable at the RailsWest or “Squirrel Cage” Jail Museums during their open hours.  See all the upcoming programs with no additional admission charge by becoming a Historical Society member at www.TheHistoricalSociety.org.


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Buy tickets to the program online!

Admission is $5 per person. Historical Sciety members are free and need no advance ticket.