Annual Business Review and Program Video
Welcome! We had a great turnout for our 25th Anniversary celebration and annual meeting, thank you for coming. We enjoyed great food, interesting displays and a wonderful presentation by Dave Baker. If you were not able to join us, we have made the presentation available on You-Tube and the video below. To play please click on the arrow and watch a video of the Historic Pella Trust yearly business review followed by Dave Baker's presentation "The Other Side Of The Tracks".
The Historic Pella Trust operates with the mission to protect and promote buildings, landscapes and sites that were important to the heritage of Pella.
Over the past 25 years, the trust has accomplished several feats to preserve Pella’s historical buildings. They were instrumental in getting seven protective conservation easements for buildings in town. These easements stay in place for the lifetime of the building, and prevent owners from changing the building’s exterior or tearing it down.
Historic Pella Trust is selling two posters. The 1869 Map of Pella, Iowa and a very unique advertisement from the building industry that appeared in the Pella Chronicle. Email office@historicpellatrust to purchase one of these laminated posters.
Guest Speaker, Mr. Dave Baker; Historian and Central College Alumni, gave the presentation titled “The Other Side of the Tracks”. He related how the railroad and industries have benefited Pella, Iowa and still sustain so many great organizations today. Dave Baker’s website and Facebook page are called The 29th State.
Pella Railroad History
Historic Pella Trust was delighted to share with our guests a private collection of train memorabilia, tools and historical train lanterns, many from the turn of the century or earlier as table decorations. Each table had a place-mat with a map of the Des Moines Valle, Keokuk and Des Moines Rock Island Railroad and photos. In the photo above you will read about the importance of the train lantern. Our sincere thanks to the men who shared this valuable collection and for printing the place mats and information lantern cards.