Capturing Local History

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Capturing Local History


Capturing Local History is a collection images and documents that reflect Coralville through time. The collection draws upon items generated by the City of Coralville, as well as contributions from the public. The aim is to create an archive that reflects not only the physical and institutional changes our city has seen over the years, but capture the people and events that have shaped Coralville. The collection is ongoing with the hope it will grow to embody the diverse stories of our community to share with the future.

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Wendy Stevenson
Rachel Black


Coralville Public Library


City of Coralville
Sara Pitcher
Ellen Alexander
Wendy Stevenson
Sharon Falduto
Sara Whitaker - West Side Story


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Coralville, Iowa

Collection Items

Swails Flowers, 1960s
Swails Flowers, a Coralville florist located on highway 6.

Public Service Commendation, July 4, 1991
An official commendation from the Department of the Army to Margaret Morgan from Major General Warren G. Lawson of the Iowa Army National Guard.

The commendation reads:

"For organizing the Annual Coralville Fourth of July Parade which helps to…

Coralville Quasquicentennial Cookbook, 1873 - 1998
A cookbook made up of recipes gathered from community members to celebrate Coralville's quasquicentennial (125th anniversary) in 1998.

Coralville Centennial Cookbook, 1873 - 1973
A cookbook made up of recipes gathered from community members to celebrate Coralville's centennial in 1973.

The following people contributed recipes:

A. Antes
Addy Dennis
Adeline Brooks
Aileen Kron
Alice M. Wieneke
Amelia Bruner

Mike and Dolores Kattchee celebrating Coralville's 125th, April 19, 1998
Former mayor Mike Kattchee and his wife Dolores take part in Coralville's 125th anniversary celebrations. They are dressed in historical costumes.

Lest We Forget: Coralville 1873-1973
A centennial publication to celebrate Coralville History and citizens.

First National Bank parade float, July 4, 1989
A close-up shot of the First National Bank's float in the Fourth of July parade.

Mayor Mike Kattchee, undated
A portrait of Mike Kattchee, who served as mayor of Coralville from 1978 to 1993.

Mayor Al Axeen, 1990s
Portrait of Al Axeen, who served as Coralville's mayor from 1994 to 1995.

Mayor Fausett and Kelly Hayworth at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Marriott, 2006.
Mayor Jim Fausett and city administrator Kelly shake hands at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Marriott hotel at the Iowa River Landing.

Coralville mayors take a selfie, September 9, 2014
Five Coralville mayors pose for a selfie at the 1876 Schoolhouse. From left to right, Dick Myers, Mike Kattchee, Al Axeen, who is taking the selfie, John Lundell, and Jim Fausett.

Five Coralville mayors, September 9, 2014
Five Coralville mayors stand together in the 1876 Schoolhouse. From left to right: Dick Myers, Mike Kattchee, Al Axeen, Jim Fausett, and John Lundell, who was serving his mayoral term at the time of the photograph.

Parade Grand Marshall Irving Weber, July 4, 1984
Irving Weber, a local historian, rides in the back of a car as Grand Marshall of the 1984 Coralville Fourth of July parade

Photobook celebrating Keith Jones's retirment, 2021
A photobook of Fourth of July parade floats for Hills Bank, created to celebrate Keith Jones's retirement. The first page includes signatures and messages from his colleagues, and the book came with a program for the 2021 parade, when Keith was the…

Econogas Service and company trucks, 1952
Six company trucks sit in front of the Econogas Service building. The trucks are loaded with propane gas canisters and tanks.

Smoking remains of Econogas Service, June 4, 1964
The partially collapsed and still-burning remains of the Econogas Service building after the fire of June 4, 1964. In the background, a firehose is being deployed by a volunteer firefighter.

A man runs past the burning Econogas Service building, June 4, 1964
A man runs in front of a city fire engine, which is parked in front of the burning, partially collapsed Econogas Service building.

Fire plume at Econogas Service, June 4, 1964
A fire plume consumes buildings and a tree at Econogas Service. Several cars sit parked just beyond the reach of the fire.

Coralville fire truck on fire, undated
A closeup image of a Coralville Fire Department truck on fire

Officers capturing a raccoon, May 1985
Coralville police officers capture a raccoon in a large cardboard box outside of a city building.
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