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

Adrian Dale voting for the first time, June 2020
Adrian Dale, who was voting for the first time, two weeks after his 18th birthday. It was during the pandemic so masks were required. Lucas Elementary School, Iowa City.

Black Lives Matter Rally, May 2020
Peaceful protestors at the Blacks Lives Matter rally in Iowa City, on Clinton And Iowa Avenue in front of the Old Capital, following the murder of George Floyd. This is just one of a series of rallies and marches that took place during the summer of…

Black Lives Matter rally in Iowa City, May 2020
Peaceful protesters in masks at the Blacks Lives Matter rally in Iowa City, following the murder of George Floyd. George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, MN on May 25, 2020 during an arrest by a police officer.

Kate Dale and her daughter Maggie at a Black Lives Matter Rally, May 2020
Black Lives Matter rally in masks during the pandemic, following the murder of George Floyd

Step-cousins Adrian Dale and Rhianna (Mint) McMahon at Iowa City High School Graduation, May 2020
2020 Graduation at Iowa City High School. Step-cousins Adrian Dale and Rhianna (Mint) McMahon stand in front of school in their red gowns on graduation day. During the pandemic, graduating seniors of City High had to schedule 10 minute increments…

Altmaier Family Park Open House, Sept 2020
Ad for Grand Opening, Open House and ribbon cutting for the new Coralville park Altmaier Family Park.

Shreya Khullar, Iowa City West Student was inaugurated as first Student Poet Ambassador, April 2021
Iowa City West junior Shreya Khullar was inaugurated today as Iowa’s first Student Poet Ambassador.
The Iowa Student Poet Ambassador role was conceived by Jan Warren from the Belin-Blank Center and Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature administrators…

Ellen Alexander getting her first dose of vaccine, April 2021
Ellen Alexander, Assistant Director of Coralville Public Library received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The clinic took place in the lower level of the library on April 8th and 9th. Ellen was one of more than 600 people who received their…

Ad to help underserved communities get access to COVID-19 vaccines, April 2021
Iowa Department of Human Services advertised a service to help people find and schedule COVID-19 vaccinations and the Coralville Public Library shared this information on their Facebook page.
text reads: Iowans with barriers to scheduling a vaccine…

Dan Holderness retires after 35 years as City of Coralville Engineer, March 2021
Dan Holderness retired from his position as City of Coralville Engineer after 35 years, the longest tenured employee of the city. He oversaw many of the physical and infrastructure changes that took place during Coralville's growth from a population…

Coralville Fire Department's Fire Academy class of 2020-21
Coralville Fire Department would like congratulate and welcome 13-recruits from our Fire Academy to full members as firefighters. These firefighters have put in over 10-months of classroom lecture and a lot of hands-on skills training. The Coralville…

Citizen's Community Policing Advisory Board openings,  February 2021
A call for applicants to serve on a new Citizen's Community Policing Advisory Board that was formed to collaborate with the City of Coralville and the Police Department to promote unbiased policing practices.

Snow plow illustration, winter 2020-21
An infographic to illustrate how snowplows move snow along the street and block driveways and sidewalks. citizens are responsible for removing snow from these locations.

Text from Facebook post:
"Why did the plow leave snow in my driveway?" is a…

Snow plow, December 2020
A Coralville snowplow clearing streets following a snow storm in December 2020.

Text from Facebook post:
Snow removal update:
-Crews continue to plow today, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Due to the heavy snowfall rate, crews focused on arterial…

Please keep your distance, 2020
Ellen Alexander shopping

COVID 19 Memorial, January 2021
The City of Coralville participated in a national night of remembrance for the lives lost to COVID-19. Luminaria were decorated with names of lost loved ones and placed around the Xtreme Arena at Iowa River Landing. Residents were asked to leave…

Wrapping games to deliver to Coralville Food Pantry, December 2020
Members of the Coralville Library Teen Advisory Board wrapped and delivered board games to the Coralville Food Pantry. Games were purchased with a grant from Thrivent.

Pictured delivering to John Boller, Executive Director of the Coralville Food…

Book distribution at the Coralville Food Pantry, December 2020
Friends of the Coralville Library purchased and distributed books to children at Coralville Food Pantry instead of the Coralville Community Meal, which was substantially altered due to COVID restrictions.

Snow Removal, January 2021
Following a significant snowfall the previous week, Coralville Streets Division removed snow that had been piled up in the Coralville parking lot. The pile had taken up most of the parking spaces on the north side of the Coralville Library Parking …

Luminaria for the annual Aisle of Lights, December2020
Luminaria stacked in preparation for the Aisle of Light Celebration on December 13, 2020. Community members were invited to the Fireside Shelter to write a community wish for the upcoming year 2021.

text from post:
Help kick off today's Aisle of…
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