Shelby Community Library


Written By: lumorgan



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.
The first phase, costing $20,000.00, digitized 153 reels of newspapers from the late 1800’s to 1960’s. The website address is
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”.
We hope seeing the results will encourage donations so we can complete this project by year end. The remaining amount needed is $2,100.00 to digitize 69 additional reels of newspapers through 2014. When the project is completed, significant donors will be recognized on the website.
Questions can be addressed to Charles Noyd or Lu Ann Morgan. Donations can be mailed to:
Polk County Historical Society, PO Box 462, Osceola, NE 68651