Historical and Preservation Society of Pottawattamie County

County Seat Council Bluffs, Iowa

The 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.  

     Scroll to the bottom of this page to reserve your spot!

Thursday, March 19, 2020,

6:30 pm, Council Bluffs Public Library:

Come to Iowa for the Architecture

     What is there to see in Iowa? Interesting architecture, for one thing. Professor Daniel Naegele has traveled the state and authored Naegele’s Guide to the Only Good Architecture in Iowa, which includes both renowned works of architecture as well as barns, billboards, landscapes, bridges, wind turbines, cemeteries, murals, silos, Quonset huts, and power plants.  It brings together high and low architecture in the belief that the astute tourist—architect, student of architecture, anthropologist, scholar, curiosity seeker, first­‐time visitor to Iowa, long‐time resident of Iowa (or Omaha)—can learn from both, particularly from both seen side-­by-­side.  Its  more abstract intention is to facilitate looking, assuming that looking leads to thinking about, and that thinking about leads to a personal theory of design.  The book’s 260 verbal and visual entries are critical evaluations of the work they present.   A rich and often surprising portrait of Iowa architecture emerges from the selection.

April, 2020  To Be Announced

Thursday, May 14, 2020,

6:30 pm, Council Bluffs Public Library: Ben Marks' Ranch

     During the heyday of gambling in Council Bluffs, Ben Marks owned and operated a place that was reputed to control the business character of the city.  His legendary house-- and gambling parlor-- straddled the Pottawattamie and Mills county lines and still stands today.  John Edwards and Ryan Roenfeld will talk about the ranch, Ben and Mary Marks, and separate fact from the fiction of many tall tales that have surfaced over the years.

June, July, 2020  To Be Anounced

Thursday, August 13, 2020,

6:30 pm, Council Bluffs Public Library: The Suffrage Movement in Council Bluffs-- the 19th Amendment

     August marks the centennial of the adoption of the 19th Amendment in the United States.  In this program Karen Burns will examine the local tenor of the movement and the people that were active in our area in making it happen.

     These programs are part of the Kanesville Speakers Series and are free to members of the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County.  Nonmembers are welcome to attend for a $5 admission fee.  To ensure sufficient seating guests are asked to make reservations in advance.  This can be done online (see below) or contat Patricia 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!

Nonmembers- Buy tickets to the program online!

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