The Fullhart/Carnegie Charitable Trust, doing business as Hometown Heritage, moved south across Willis Avenue Wednesday, leaving its offices in the basement of the Towncraft Building at 1124 Willis Ave. for higher ground in the Carnegie Library Museum at 1123 Willis Ave.
The Fullhart/Carnegie Charitable Trust owns most of the artworks in the Hotel Pattee and also houses an archive of some 15,000 photographs of Perry and its environs, making it one of the largest image databases of small-town life. Called Pathways, the database was developed in collaboration with the College of Design at Iowa State University from donated and loaned materials from local residents.
The trust’s removal to new offices was not announced in advance.
A brief statement posted Wednesday on the Hometown Heritage website said, “Today is a short post, as we have been busy all day moving our office across the street. That’s right. Hometown Heritage is now located in the Carnegie Library.”
A new element in the Hometown Heritage’s Carnegie arrangements will cater to people with an interest in family history.
“In addition to all the services we already provide,” the trust’s statement said, “we will also be overseeing a new genealogy station that has been installed in the Carnegie.”
As a warm up to using the new Hometown Heritage genealogy station, a free beginner’s class in genealogy and family history will be offered Monday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Perry Public Library.
Jennifer Ewing, executive director of the Iowa Genealogical Society, will lead the class, which will cover such basics as finding and organizing information, family group sheets and family tree forms, the three types of information to seek, handling conflicting information and general pitfalls of genealogical research.
The free class will meet in the Perry Public Library community room. No registration is required. For more information, call the library at 515-465-3569.
Hours for the Carnegie-based Hometown Heritage will remain the same: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The new phone number is 515-465-7713.