In 1994, a group of concerned citizens formed Historic Pella Trust to advocate for preserving the original Lincoln School.

Since that date, the organization has been active in the preservation of Pella’s historical buildings to help preserve the city’s architecture and history for future generations to enjoy. The historical buildings and homes help make the city unique and attractive to visitors while providing strong, lovely homes in the community.

The organization is celebrating their 25th anniversary during their annual meeting on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pella Opera House. The public is invited to join them for a fun and enlightening evening. Along with their yearly business review, the organization will give several awards for significant architecture and historic landmarks.

Dave Baker will also give a presentation titled “The Other Side of the Tracks”:

“Often overlooked and underappreciated, this new program “The Other Side 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, 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 community.”

Refreshments will be served, and the organization will have a historic display featuring their new Tulip Time entry and South Pella.

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