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Genealogy Presentation
June 20, 2011

Teresa Liewer of the Ankeny Genealogy Society brought her vast knowledge of genealogy to the Big Creek Historical Museum. We had a good turnout of non members and members who were looking for tips on getting started or completing a family genealogy. Teresa presented a lot of information and encouraged everyone to get started. The Iowa Genealogical Society can provide a lot of help in the process as well as local societies and libraries. We look forward to inviting Teresa back for additional information in the field of genealogy.

Fishing for Laughs

On the 14th of June 2011 comedian/ventriloquist Curt Strutz brought his fishing themed show to Miller Hall to over 100 Polk City Park and Recreation kids and staff. Tami McCoy, Director of Park and Recreation, brought her summer group for what has become an annual visit. Mr. Strutz interacted with several of the kids and kept everyone entertained.

Music Teacher's Recital

The North Polk music teachers held a fund raising recital on February 25th, 2011. "The Music Teachers Recital" was held in the Big Creek Historical Societies portion of the historic City Hall building.  A full house listened to a dozen numbers.

Square Lighting 2010

At the annual Holiday Square Lighting on November 30th, 2010 North Polk elementary band students performed at 6:30 and 7:15 pm. The 6:30 performance can be seen here.  Play Video.

Annual Polk City Four Seasons Festival – July 24-25, 2009

On July 25 Lela Austin and Paul Grodt had the museum open from 11 AM to 4 PM. With the festival filling the town square with visitors we enjoyed many visitors to our museum. Host Lela Austin noted that she received many complimentary comments about our museum and Miller Hall. Barb Pothast, Polk City, organized a ‘Sing Along’ that was conducted in Miller Hall at 3 PM. The group consisted of a guitar, drums, keyboard and five singers that performed on the stage. There were approximately twenty people who joined the group in the ‘Sing Along.’ The Four Seasons Festival was once again very successful. We enjoy the opportunity to show off our museum.


Lincoln Street Music Studio Camp

The Lincoln Street Music Studio held their summer music camp in Miller Hall from July 6 through July 9, 2009. Fifty music students rehearsed for a performance that was to be held in the town square the evening of July 10. The performance was moved to the Methodist Church because of inclement weather. Some individuals working in city hall made comment to me that they thought the ceiling was going to fall in on them. Fifty enthusiastic music students singing and dancing can be quite loud. We are very pleased that Lincoln Street Music Studio chose Miller Hall for their camp.

Magician comes to Miller Hall

On June 11, 2009 Tammy McCoy (Director of Summer Program for Polk City Park & Recreation Department) brought one hundred and fifty very energetic young people to

Miller Hall. Sydney Storm, Magician, did a wonderful job in entertaining the kids for almost an hour. The kids thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Storm. It was amazing how he kept the attention

of so many youngsters for such a long length of time. Must be magic! We were pleased to host the summer program and the kids were great. Thanks Tammy for bringing the kids to Miller Hall.



Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting June 7th 2009.  

 We began our celebration of the restoration of historic city hall at 2 PM by hosting the donors to the restoration project. We enjoyed a good turnout which gave us the opportunity to thank everyone for their support. The celebration continued at

3 PM when we opened the door to the general public. Again we were please with the number of visitors that we had. Polk City Chamber of Commerce presided

over a ribbon cutting ceremony. Our visitors were complimentary of the

restoration project. We are very fortunate to have this kind of support from the community. We appreciate the support very much.



North Polk West Elementary 3rd Graders visit the museum

About fifty very inquisitive third graders from NP West Elementary visited the BCHS museum on May 19, 2009. Tom Cox and Lela Austin presented the young people with some Polk City history, the history of the building housing the museum and a brief tour of the museum. The third graders were very attentive and presented us with a bunch of really good questions. We very much enjoy the kids visit giving us a chance to show off our museum.