CIA holds annual convention, tours downtown Perry

Last summer's tour of the Carnegie Library Museum by the Consortium of Iowa Archivists could turn into regular visits now that the Fullhart/Carnegie Charitable Trust, doing business as Hometown Heritage, is making the Carnegie Library its new home.

The CIA held its annual convention in Perry Thursday, but the security level was green because this CIA stands for the Consortium of Iowa Archivists.

About 20 CIA members were hosted by Hometown Heritage in Perry, custodian of the archives of the Fullhart-Carnegie Trust at 1124 Willis Ave., and the convention agenda included a business meeting, tour of the Hometown Heritage holdings and other sites of historic interest in Perry and lunch at the Hotel Pattee.

The consortium brings together special-collections librarians and historic preservationists from around the state, some from the academic sphere and others from public and private entities, to discuss current or planned activities and projects and other issues of concern to stewards of Iowa’s cultural memory.

David F. McCartney, university archivist at the University of Iowa, said he was gladly finally to visit Perry. He said the town has been on the CIA’s hit list as a convention venue for some time.

Lunch was served in the Arrow Room of David’s Milwaukee Diner at the Hotel Pattee. The menu included four-cheese mac, fresh ground hamburger and fries and the Classic Club sandwich.

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