Shelby, Osceola, Polk, Stromsburg Libraries along with the Polk County Historical Society is coordinating a county-wide newspaper digitization project.  Take a look at what has been at done at

NEWS FLASH!!!! Two years of research and fundraising by the Polk County Historical Society has resulted in the creation of a website for viewing Polk County newspapers dating back to the late 1800’s. This $30,000.00 project will benefit anyone interested in day-to-day Polk County history recorded in newspapers. Over 200 reels of newspapers from the late 1800’s through 2014 were digitized. The website address is Additionally, local centennial & history books were digitized and added to the searchable website. Significant donors are recognized on the website.
Searches can be performed on names, dates, events, etc. An advanced search function can be utilized to narrow search results to exact phrases and/or words. It’s fun to search on a family name and relive their life events. “From The Files” is the most popular read but often generates questions with no easy way to find the answer. Now a simple search on this website will settle many an argument! It’s fun to simply peruse an old issue to view grocery ad prices, stock prices, letters to the editor, club events, etc. Times have changed but even in the early 1900’s, articles lament the local benefits of “Shop at Home”.

Questions can be addressed to Charles Noyd, President, or Lu Ann Morgan; Treasurer, of the Polk County Historical Society.

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