In conjunction with Anamosa's sesquicentennial in 1988, four local women (Bertha Finn, Pat Worden Sutton, JoAnn McRoberts Walters, and Mildred Barker Brown, undertook the monumental task of authoring the complete and definitive history of Anamosa. The result was "Anamosa - A Reminiscence 1838 - 1988." It's original hardbound printing quickly sold out and became coveted collectors' items. You could occasionally find a copy on eBay, but it was dearly priced.
Many years passed. During that time, a new generation of Anamosa residents moved to town, knowing little about the history of their adopted city. A fresh printing of "Reminiscence" was needed. In 2012, the Friends of the Library received permission to replicate the book to sell as a fundraiser. A full-sized paperback version was created and several hundred copies printed.
Those copies have all been sold but, the book lives on! In the interest of making this priceless resource available to all going forward, the book has been digitized and is freely available. There is a link on the front page of the library's website. The book is keyword searchable, or can be browsed and read like any other book. It reads well on tablets and phones too.
We thank those who purchased a physical copy over the last few years. Your support was very much appreciated.