25th Anniversary Celebration and Historic Pella Trust Annual Meeting


Thursday, October 10, 6:30

at the Pella Opera House

Freewill donation appreciated towards building the Tuttle Learning Walk 

Please join us for a fun and enlightening evening:

  • Yearly business review

  • Homeowner and landmark awards

  •  2020 Tulip Time entry reveal 

  • Exploring South Pella with Dave Baker 

Enjoy anniversary cake, hors d oeuvres and a cash bar while looking at displays before the meeting and program. 

Pella. It is a city of beautifully vibrant tulips, meticulously maintained houses, and graceful references to Dutch culture both subtle and overt. It is a community bursting with civic pride and eager to display its unique businesses, people, and architecture. But there was, and is, another side to Pella–South Pella, where people went, and still go to work. These were neighborhoods of industry with replete with noise and soot, dynamos and engines, and foreboding equipment; but also the employment opportunities that helped grow and sustain the town through generations of laborers. Often overlooked and underappreciated, this new program “The OtherSide of the Tracks,” examines Pella in a way that perhaps has not been done before. Learn about the flour mills and canneries that helped feed the community. Discover how the brick companies and the lumber yards helped build the town into what we know and love today. Hear about the railroad and coal mining interests that linked Pella and Marion County to the state and country. See how the electric plant helped move Pella into the 20th Century.

Using maps, oral histories, trade journals, and local newspapers, Dave Baker of The 29th State looks into this fascinating era of revolution, industry, and invention and brings it to life again. The program is dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of the rich manufacturing heritage that was–and in many ways still is, the true lifeblood of Pella.

2018 Annual Meeting

HPT 25th Anniversary!

2019 Annual Meeting 

Traditionally the second Thursday in November

“In the Details” with Dave Baker

Dave Baker presented a slide show at the 2018 Pella Historical Trust 2018 Annual Meeting.  Dave gave giving an entirely new presentation called “In The Details,” which highlighted nuances of Pella history and architecture that often times are overlooked or not noticed. He featured pictures of places from different angles and in different light. Dave  discussed the importance of these details to Pella, Iowa, and American history as well as highlighted why preservation is essential. His presentation was excellent, describing how everything in Pella isn’t always of Dutch architecture and described the origins of many different styles in Pella. 

Andrew Schneider interviews Dave Baker on KNIA KRLS

2017 Annual Meeting

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