Program Series.

Thursday, July 14, 7 pm-

We walk the same ground as did those who came before us. What separates us is time-- and vastly different worlds. Though the worlds were different, there was actually a great deal that is" the same. This programs looks at three very different times in what's now Council Bluffs and examines the challenges the people living here during those periods faced, and common threads that connect the lives of each group. This program is part of the "It's History That Makes Us Human" series and will be presented by Troy Stolp and Richard Warner. The program will be held at the Council Bluffs Public Library, Thursday, July 14, at 7 pm. There is no admission charge and the public is invited. No prior registration is required.

Wednesday, August 17, 7 pm-

December 15, 1921, was a quiet day in Long Grove, Iowa. At least, until two men drove up to rob the Stockman’s Savings Bank in the middle of town. The events that followed would elevate a seemingly ordinary bank robbery into legend. Join author and historian John Brassard Jr as he tells you a story with connections to organized crime, vigilantes, and two of the worst bank robbers in Iowa history. The program will be held at the Council Bluffs Public Library; there is no admission charge.

John Brassard Jr is an author, historian, and storyteller from Eastern Iowa. He is the author of three books and has written several newspaper and magazine articles on Iowa history. John has given multiple presentations across the state, as well as given numerous radio and podcast interviews. He is also the host of his own podcast, The Kitchen Table Historian, a show about true crime, dark history, and the paranormal throughout the Midwest. 

Sunday, October 9, 2 pm-  

What you get when you cross opportunity with skulduggery? You get Council Bluffs! Even the city's name resulted from a masterful but nefarious hidden agenda. In this program Dr. Richard Warner explores the city's roots from the earliest times, through its transition from sanctuary of salvation to sinkhole of sin, and that chance encounter on the veranda of the Pacific House Hotel that subsequently impacted virtually everything for the next 150 years. (Presented in cooperation with Douglas County Historical Society; details to be announced).

Richard Warner serves as president of Preserve Council Bluffs, an officer of the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County and vice-president of the Pottawattamie County Genealogical Society. He has edited the Historical Society’s member publication for over thirty-five years, co-authored four books about local history, and written over a hundred articles on the topic. He hosts the podcast “Accidentally Historic,” produces the local history YouTube channel "Council Bluffs Revealed," and is a frequent speaker on topics of local history. Dr. Warner is a graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Creighton University (BS, DDS) and UNO (MA).