Poweshiek History Preservation Project

A digital history of the people and places of Poweshiek County.

Poweshiek History Preservation Project (PHPP) is a collaboration between the Drake Community Library and the Grinnell College Libraries. Since 2013, PHPP has been working to build a searchable digital archive of local area history. Our goal is to provide the tools to allow anyone to contribute to the historical record of Grinnell and Poweshiek county. This project includes materials contributed by individuals as well as items from Drake Community Library, Grinnell College, and area historical museums. We are also interested in collecting oral histories.  If you have items to contribute, you can learn how to do so below.

PHPP brings together staff of both the Drake Community Library and the Grinnell College Libraries. The primary contact is Monique Shore at Drake Community Library.

This project was started as part of the ILEAD Iowa program administered by Iowa Library Services. Iowa Library Services is partnering with the state libraries in Illinois, Colorado, Ohio, and Utah to implement ILEAD USA through a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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PHPP Project Team (2013) Left to Right: Catherine Rod, Monique Shore, Sharon Johnson, Julia Bauder, Chris Jones.

Explore PHPP


Connect with a community of over 3,000 followers from around the country. Reminisce or learn about local history through regularly posted photos of Grinnell from the past and present. To check out our Facebook Page, click here.

Digital Grinnell

View and download items from the permanent digital repository for items in the PHPP collection. Items in Digital Grinnell are accessible via keyword-based and subject-based searching, and all items are digitally protected and preserved using the highest standards. This resource contains a wide variety of materials, also including those from the college collections.

Contribute to PHPP

Do you have materials that might be of interest to the project, or do you wonder if your materials are things that should be included? Do you have materials that you’ve already scanned, or would like to scan yourself, that would be helpful to include? Learn more below about sharing your materials.

Contribute Materials

Use this form to tell us what you would like to contribute. If you do send in materials, you will need to fill out a contribution release form and a contribution description form as well. Use this form to upload a file that you have already scanned.

Permissions Info

Our goal is to respect copyright and all other legal rights. If you own the copyright to any material which appears on this site and you did not give permission for it to be posted here, or if you have any other concerns about the material posted here, please email us and we will work with you to resolve the situation.

Email Us

Don’t hesitate to email the PHPP Team with any questions you might have about the project and getting involved.