In 2007, Ankeny teachers Dennis Adamson and Katy Kauffman revived a course called American Culture which had been created by Mr. Adamson but which had not been taught since 1999.  The idea behind the original course was to combine American history with American literature and be team taught by a social studies teacher and a language arts teacher. The newest incarnation of the class added exciting new elements while retaining the team teaching. By working with the historical society and using cutting edge technology, students were given the opportunity to also be active in and connect with their community
The key to the course was a grant received by the Iowa Learning Technology Commission that allowed the school district to purchase iMac and MacBook computers, iPods, Canon camcorders and cameras, as well as microphones and other recording equipment. Mr. Adamson retired in 2009 and is currently a board member of the museum and acts as a museum contact with the American Culture class. Over the last five years the students and museum staff have interviewed many area residents about Ankeny’s rich history. We have edited those interviews and collected other artifacts so you can view them on this site. Please contact us to suggest people to interview as well as other topics to explore. This is an ongoing project so please tell others about this website and stop back often to see what’s new. The first place to start is to watch the video below and then click on the links above to watch videos, view photos and listen to podcasts about Ankeny history.

Welcome to the multimedia exhibits of the Ankeny Area Historical Society.

If you are using the Windows operating system, you might need QuickTime to view the videos on this site.  Get it here:

You are invited to explore your community.

How the oral history videos were created.