Fremont County, Iowa

Early Photographs
by Evelyn Birkby

View from the Attic ~ A Weekly Series
Fremont County Historical Society
Week of May 26, 2008

One of the most interesting collections in the Fremont County Historical Museum is that of photographs. This was apparent last week when a member of the Sidney Library board came by to copy some of the old pictures from the files. She plans to frame them for a display on the wall in the  genealogy corner of the library. 

The photograph committee has spent many hours identifying, cataloging and filing hundreds of pictures that have been donated to the museum. Now many are sorted by location, by communities in the county, by events--such as weddings-- by schools, and school classes. The files even include “People not Identified.” These contain pictures that are worthy of keeping because of the stories they tell. For example, views of old-fashioned clothing are delightful to see and help us learn more about our past traditions.  

One of the special collections of pictures includes those from celebrations held in every town in the county like  Popcorn Day in Hamburg, The Farmers-Merchants Picnic in Tabor and the Chautauqua events in Riverton. 

And the Rodeo. Planners for the new Rodeo wing of the museum have already used the file for research of that event. The rodeo file of pictures is growing as more and more people share their special rodeo treasures.   

Remember, June 8th is Genealogy Day in the Fremont County’s Main Museum in Sidney. Next week’s View from the Attic will tell the details of that event.    

Meanwhile, if you have any interesting or historical photographs, keep a museum in mind as a place where they will be cared for and shared.  

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