The Council Bluffs Public Library has kicked off a project called “Council Bluffs: Proud Past ... Bright Future” and is asking the community, including schools and neighborhood groups, to find and share with others historical pieces or personal memories of significant events or people.

To encourage involvement, the library is holding a “scan party” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 2. The public is asked to bring in photos, letters, postcards and even diaries that might offer insight into the history of Council Bluffs, said Dianne Herzog, a library employee. The materials will be scanned and located on the project’s website, councilbluffslibrary.org/history.

All of the memorabilia will be returned to the owners on the day of the event, though organizers will ask participants for a release to publish their materials.

The project is a collaboration between the Council Bluffs Public Library, the Historic General Dodge House, the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County, the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, the Western Historic Trails Center and the Kanesville Tabernacle. The project is funded in part by the Iowa West Foundation, the Union Pacific Foundation and the Council Bluffs Public Library Foundation.

“We know there are people out there with great information about the history of Council Bluffs,” said Chad Nation, project director. “It is our hope they will be willing to share it with the community.”

To learn more about this project, go to councilbluffslibrary.org/history call Herzog at 712-323-7511, ext. 113, or Patricia LaBounty at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum at 712-329-8307.

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