Below are history displays that are now in the History Center. The wall displays can be viewed Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The building is closed Saturday and Sunday, unless special events are scheduled. Historical research, scanned images and text are completed by history society members and sent to Will Thomson of Armadillo Arts, an exhibit design and graphic arts company in Iowa City, who creates the wall displays.
This display is located in the Ely Council Chambers on the upper level. Its focus is on City of Ely history, including Government, Volunteer Fire Department, Ely Public Library, 1972 Centennial Celebration and the conversion of the Ely Schoolhouse into a Community Center.
"Our Early Settlement &Development" is near the kitchen on the lower level of the Community Center.
"To Our West" is located to the left of the above display and highlights history from the Shueyville and Western areas, including the College of Western.
The Dows Street District display is located in the hallway as you walk toward the City of Ely offices.
Located in the stairwell is our first permanent wall display focusing on history of the schools of Ely.
Located in the upper floor hallway next to the Archive Room, this display feat
ures architectural styles of some older homes in Ely.
This clock advertises Joseph Lorenc's Drug Store which was once located on Dows Street in Ely. It hangs on the north wall of the stairwell.
In the upstairs hallway are two original desks from the Ely School, as well as a Ely High School girls basketball uniform.
Our newest display features the military history of our area and is located in the large meeting room on the lower level, to the right on the stairs.