PCGS 10-Year Anniversary
GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY CELEBRATES 10 YEARS!
Story by Jim Hamilton
From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 4, 2004, page 17-A.
(Reprinted with permission. A big thank-you to BH-FP!)
The Polk County Genealogical Society hosted guests July 28-29 at the organization's library on the
southeast corner of the Bolivar square.
The open house celebrated the 10th anniversary of the PCGS and the pending completion of renovations to the main floor of the 90-year-old Carnegie library building.
The society was formed in 1994 within the Friends of the Library and became an independent society in 1996. The PCGS was incorporated in August 1999 and became a not-for-profit corporation in January 2001. In October of the same year, the PCGS bought the former Polk County Library building and by July 2002, the ground floor was renovated and opened.
The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places a year ago.
A grant from the Delarue Trust in 2003 permitted renovations to begin on the main floor. This year the society received a state grant for preservation of government records.
"One of the society's goals has been to improve access to primary source records and to increase
the availability of finding aids to further the work of researchers in the pursuit of their family histories," PCGS President Susan Sparks stated. "This has been an exciting project; some of the records to be housed by PCGS in our facility have not been utilized by researchers for many years because of their location or condition."
Hours at the genealogy library are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Contact PCGS at 777-2820.
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