Photos of Current Happenings . . .
When the west branch of the West Nishnabotna River in Pottawattamie County Iowa gets angry you know you need to be prepared for the worst. (March 13, 2019)
Not so much so for all the animals on the green carpeted floor. They were in for a move to "higher ground."
Tops of sturdy items, tables, display cabinets, whatever we could find, were all used to give a bit more safety to various Museum items.
Could there possibly be a bed with our collection of beautiful quilts underneath this stack of boxes?
We believe the river has crested by noon on March 14th. This is the water on the south side of the Museum in the morning.
This view is the northwest corner of the Museum where you can see how much water surrounded our Museum. In Avoca's Flood of 1993, water actually came into the Museum.
Around 11:30 a.m. on March 15th, Mary Pearson snapped the following pictures of the Newtown Country School at Edgington Park. Notice all the debris from the fields that the sign has stopped. (This flood water would be from the east branch of the West Nishnabotna River.)
Quite a bit of erosion is visible around the east end of the steps that lead up to the front door of the schoolhouse.
There was some minor erosion to both the northeast and northwest corners of the schoolhouse, this being the northeast corner. Happy to report that no water entered the building!
The following three photos were taken by Mary Pearson at the Octagon Building at Graceland Cemetery in Avoca on March 22, 2019. The windows have been removed for restoration.
Restoration expert Terry Philips told Mary that the trim around the windows was put in with square nails indicating that windows were not removed whenever the mullions (grilles) were replaced, with replacement being from the inside.
Special THANKS to Nancy Collins who gave a very informative program at the Avoca Museum on April 14, 2019 titled "Getting Your Stuff Together"!
Nancy spoke to a very attentive audience who went home with new thoughts to consider and also reinforcement of old knowledge!
April 18, 2019 the electricians began the process of changing out the Museum's old flourescent lights for led panels. First area of lights worked on was the south side since after the flood we decided to put in new carpet before putting the animal floor displays back in place. Note the coloring of...
Looking down the south wall with Doc Shultz's animal collection after the new carpet and floor exhibits have been put in place - May 2, 2019.
Gearing up for Avoca's 150th celebration by displaying some Centennial dresses and bonnets from 1969. These three were made by Iva Marie Holtz and worn by her three daughters.
TIME to dig up the 1969 buried Time Capsule in preparation for Avoca's 150th celebration in July. The digging happened June 7, 2019. Here's the empty hole and marker.
. . . And here you see the huge 1969 Time Capsule!!!! What could be inside?? Find out when the contents are displayed July 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and July 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the United Church of Avoca during the 150th celebration.
Aren't these "Selfie Stations" about the coolest you have ever seen? Thanks to AHSTW art teacher Katie Clark and some of her art students, the stations are ready to be moved from the school to storage to await their use during Avoca's 150th celebration in July. Special thanks to Avoca's Rotary Clu...
Avoca 150th Committee members John Butcher and J Pearson chose June 17, 2019 to remove the 1969 Time Capsule from its cement culvert. Here they are beginning the process of knocking away the cement with sledge hammers.
City employees Mike Petersen and Drew Becker assist by helping cut the reinforcement wire in the cement around the Time Capsule.
After much breaking away of the cement and clipping the wires, the blue Time Capsule begins to be exposed.
J Pearson, Mike Petersen, and Drew Becker take a break as John Butcher examines the Time Capsule. The Time Capsule was made of heavy galvanized sheet metal with a blue fiberglass covering.
John Butcher uses an electric grinder with cut-off wheel to cut the end off the Time Capsule while J Pearson holds it steady.
John Butcher is excited to see one of the envelopes was for descendants of his old neighbors Ronald & Ivy Sutton. Mary Pearson holds some of the envelopes from the Time Capsule while J Pearson reaches in for more. Drew Becker and Mike Petersen look on.
Paper in Time Capsule which stated that the final sealing was by Gerrit Feekes, Greg Feekes, and Lawrence Carroll "Best Sheet Metal Men State of Iowa." Other names on the paper were Marie Feekes, Julie Feekes, and Larry Feekes.
Written on the metal inside the Time Capsule was "Built by Garrett Feekes & Lyle Peters April 6, 1969." Other names inside the capsule were Al Nielsen and L. Carroll.
July 2, 2019 with progress being made at the Octagon Prayer Chapel. Plywood is out of the windows, and painting is happening.
From the outside looking in as restoration expert Terry Philips applies some gray paint to the inside of a window.
The "Master" at work trying to get the windows in for Avoca's Sesquicentennial festivities starting July 3, 2019.
Updated photo after Terry Philips left the Octagon Building after the renovated windows are set in place. Now his next project is to repair the windows above the two entry doors.
What an amazing transformation with these renovated windows in our Octagon Prayer Chapel at the Avoca Cemetery.
In this album you will find photographs of current things/happenings we hope you will find interesting about our Society. Keep checking back to see if we have added more photos!