Author at the Nevada Library

Linda Betsinger McCann will be speaking at the Nevada Library on March 24, at 2 p.m., on her book, “The Civilian Conservation Corps in Northeast Iowa.” This is open to the public and there is no admission charge.

The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal program to assist young men in supporting their families. They worked on projects and were paid for their work. Most people know about the work the CCC did on the state parks in Iowa, most notably Pine Lake and Ledges in that area. But in Iowa, 75 percent of the work projects were on soil erosion and conservation, drought and flood protection, and planting trees. McCann has spoken with 19 men who shared their memories with her.

Genealogy Plus!

Dennis Allen will lead this month’s Genealogy Plus! program on genealogy source evaluation, “Dearly Departed …Cemetery and Funeral Home Records,” on Wednesday, March 21, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Ames Public Library. Valuable records are kept of our final departure. Cemetery files hold info about the burial or cremation, perhaps the bio, the grave marker, who paid for it and more. Funeral home records may hold “transit” forms, names of kin, funeral and casket purchase, obituary and cause of death. Fraternal or other groups may be listed that participated in the service or contributed to the costs. These are valuable records, sometimes full of surprises!

Dennis Allen lives in Des Moines and his passion is genealogy. He is widely known for his knowledge of genealogy related technology-software and designing innovative databases. He has developed an expertise in cemeteries and has created a website devoted to this area, “Genealogical Treasures” at

The Genealogy Plus! program is free and open to the public.

Legion Fish Fry

The American Legion Auxiliary is having their fish fry or ham dinner on Good Friday, March 30. Serving is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion, 1331 Sixth St., Nevada.

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