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Volunteers help preserve Cedar Falls history


The city of Cedar Falls is rich in history, but imagine if that history wasn't preserved. That's what makes volunteers at the Cedar Falls Historical Society so important.

After seeing all the piles of files and books it may seem like a daunting task, but that's the job for Nancy McCullough and Jeanine Johnson and they really enjoy it.

"I file. The materials come to us and we then write them in our archives and place them in the proper boxes," said McCullough.

McCulough has been volunteering here for six years now. After she retired from teaching McCulough wanted to volunteer doing something she really enjoyed.

"I'm really into family history."

As for Johnson, she has been volunteering since 1972. Born and raised in Cedar Falls, Johnson has a special connection with the city.

"My great grandfather had a business on Main Street. My dad had a business on Main Street. I had a business at College Square and our daughter is back on Main Street," said Johnson. "So it's been a lot of years for us as a family."

Both say it's a very rewarding volunteer opportunity and really anyone can do it.

"You will enjoy it. You will get a rich reward from it. It just fills a spot in you that nourishes you. Great place to be," said Johnson.

The ladies say the Cedar Falls Historical Society is a great place to learn and maybe even get a good laugh once and a while.

"We had one about a gentleman who was going around Cedar Falls selling woman's undergarments, but he was posing as a woman. So he was going through town posed as a woman to try to sell these girdles and bras," said McCullough.

If you would like to volunteer at the Cedar Falls Historical Society click here: http://www.vccv.org/



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