Pieces of the Past: Des Moines History Online
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About Pieces of the Past

Pieces of the Past is an online collection that consists of a database of historical photographs, a reproduction of the Des Moines Historical Quilt, and links to other sites of local interest. The collection debuted in 2004.

It also links to Des Moines Museum Historical Map, which is an online tour of buildings past and present. The historical map site was created by Jared Holloway Thomas as his Eagle Scout Project in 2003.

To help bring history to life, in 2005 the Friends and Foundation funded the Des Moines Stories component. Professional storyteller Joe McHugh interviewed 11 long-time residents, who were both "natives" and "transplants." On this site you can hear and read their interviews. They'll inform, enlighten, and perhaps even move you.

Pieces of the Past was funded by a grant from Friends of the Des Moines Library and King County Library System Foundation, with additional contributions by King County Library System and Des Moines Historical Society. The grant paid for cataloging, software licensing, and hosting for the photograph database through 2005. The Friends and Des Moines Rotary covered the continued licensing and hosting costs in 2006. In 2007, the photo collection was transferred to King County Snapshots, administered by University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections.

Des Moines Historical Society welcomes donations of local historical significance, as well as monetary donations to assist with continued digitization efforts.

Copyright and Ordering Prints
To order high quality reproductions, see Ordering Prints. Copyright information also is available.

Project Credits

Shawn Crosby
Des Moines Library
Photograph cataloging

Carol Davis
Des Moines Historical Society
Project support

Anne Graham
Senior Computer Specialist
Digital Initiatives Program
University of Washington Libraries

Technical support

Kevin Hall
Des Moines Historical Society

Photograph selection, digital imaging

Lisa Hill
Web Services Librarian
King County Library System
Museum catalog database

Anne Hulit
Freelance Librarian & Member,
Des Moines Historical Society
Photograph indexing and cataloging

Richard Kennedy
President and Webmaster
Des Moines Historical Society

DMHS web site

Joe McHugh
Professional storyteller, musician and producer
Interviewing, recording and production of Des Moines Stories

Susan Metz
Student Intern
Highline Community College/
Des Moines Library

Photograph cataloging

Josh Ring
Web Services Specialist
King County Library System
Museum catalog database

Anita Sheneberger
Des Moines Library

Photograph cataloging, quilt graphics

Janet Smith
Images and background information for Des Moines Historical Quilt

J Tarner
Graphics Supervisor
King County Library System

Print brochure

Judy Taylor
Library Assistant
Des Moines Library

Museum catalog indexing

Shelley Voie
Reference Librarian
Des Moines Library

Project management, photograph database, Pieces of the Past web site

Funded By:
Friends of the Des Moines Library
King County Library System Foundation
Des Moines Historical Society
King County Library System
Des Moines Rotary
University of Washington Libraries

c. 2004 Des Moines Historical Society      info@dmhs.org