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Heritage Center

The Heritage Center exhibits artifacts of historical significance to Beaman and rural Beaman and other items of interest.

The Heritage Center was added to the library in 1996 and is maintained by the library board.  Outside the Heritage Center is a sidewalk with personalized bricks. These bricks display the names of individuals, businesses, and organizations who have contributed to the Heritage Center. 

A cannon from World War I is also on display in front of the library.  It was brought back from Des Moines by the American Legion Auxiliary Weatherman Walter Unit 131.  The cannon is a Howitzer that was assembled at Rock Island Arsenal. Rock Island is a Manufacturing Arsenal which produces items for the military.  The gun carriage was one of the items built here during the 1900's.  The barrel of the Howitzer was manufactured at Watervaliet Arsenal in New York.  The markings on the gun carriage indicate it is a Model 1908 4.7 inch Howitzer that was number #71 of those weapons assembled in 1915.  The initials "D.M.K." are assumed to refer to the officer who was the head of manufacturing at that time and that would have been Major David M. King.  He later became the commanding officer of Rock Island Arsenal in 1921.This is the canon in front of the Beaman Community Memorial Library and Heritage Center.

 

The Heritage Center contains cemetery records, Justice Dockets, county maps, tax records, Beaman history from 1853 to present, local memorabilia, army uniforms, baseball uniforms, Alumni records, and numerous items from the Beaman school.

If you are interested in doing further genealogy research, please look at the genealogy links under "Do Research".