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Ames Historical Society receives Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau CYtes of Ames Community Grant

Ames Historical Society will host the traveling exhibition, Fly With Banning. The exhibition features James Herman Banning, first African-American to fly across the Continental United States and also to receive a U.S. Dept. of Commerce pilot’s license. Banning learned to fly while living in Ames and attending Iowa State College.

The traveling exhibition opens at the Ames Public Library on February 1, and will be on display through February 25. Ames Historical Society and Ames Public Library will host an opening night reception for the exhibit on February 1, 4:00-6:00 p.m., in the second-floor gallery space of the library.

The Ames Historical Society provides unique opportunities to learn more about Ames history through exhibits, programs and preservation of local artifacts. Community grant funds will go towards travel expenses for exhibit actors that will attend the opening night reception. For more information, visit

About the Ames Convention & Visitors CYtes of Ames Community Grant Program:
The Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau awarded $92,000 in funding on behalf of their Community Grant Program to assist local businesses and organizations in promoting and implementing 31 special events and programs in the Ames area for 2018. Each grant was awarded according to its intent to attract new visitors to the Ames area, enhance visitor experiences and improve the quality of life for area residents. With this latest addition of grant recipients, the Bureau’s Community Grant Program has awarded more than $630,000 to help fund nearly 254 events and projects throughout the area since its establishment in 2007.

For more information, contact:
Angela Davidson
Administrative Services
Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau

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