Carnegie Cultural Center

History. Culture. Preserved. Remembered. Lived.

Carnegie Cultural Center


Rich in history, Carnegie Cultural Center is located in one of the original Carnegie libraries at 7 North Water Avenue, New Hampton, just off the downtown's main street. The Carnegie Cultural Center is dedicated to arts, history and cultural awareness.

Movie enthusiasts of "Night at the Museum" have to stop in for a visit to New Hampton's Carnegie Cultural Center. If this place came alive at night it would be a real circus! Kids of all ages will enjoy the 23-foot long diorama "Main Street Circus Parade" where elephants shuffle in brightly colored advertisements and circus wagons parade through New Hampton circa 1910. In the diorama "Under the Big Top" the fun continues with three bustling circus rings and two circus stages. The ringmaster calls to announce the next exotic act while acrobats dangle high above the cheering crowd. Visitors can enjoy the handcrafted models while they learn about real circus companies like the Gollmar Brothers who regularly brought their menagerie wagons to Chickasaw County in the early 1900s.

This eclectic toy museum also has exhibits about steam engines, dollhouses, license plates, tractors, and farms. It is a rich collection of local history, local talent and local hobby. The Doc & Mabel Tunnell Collection, assembled by a New Hampton's optometrist and his wife, features historic eyeglasses with distinguishing pairs for the eskimo, sportsman, and 19th century automobile driver. Downstairs in the Railroad Room a large interpretive model of Chickasaw County has three operating train lines that the visitor can turn on and off. Booklets describe the individual towns and signage teaches about railroad slang, structures and equipment. Ring the railroad crossing bell. Get the Great Western engine up to full speed. Find out the job requirements of gandy dancers, lizard scorchers, air monkeys and car whackers. Read a silly poem by local legend "Blackie." Have fun!

Visit www.carnegieculturalcenter.org to find seasonal hours, temporary exhibits and special events.

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Chickasaw County Fair Queen Competition Seeking Candidates

Posted: Tue, June 19, 2018
The Chickasaw County Fair Queen competition is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Chickasaw County Fair Queen.

Young ladies between the ages of 16-21, residing in Chickasaw County and/or have active involvement in Chickasaw County, and be involved in a leadership or service organization (church group, Girl Scouts, 4H, FFA, school council) are encouraged to apply.  Eligibility is not limited by 4H or FFA membership.
    
The Chickasaw County Fair Queen will receive a $250 scholarship and Alternate Fair Queen will receive $100 scholarship.  The queen's responsibilities will include being at the Chickasaw County achievement show, and attending the BIG 4 Fair in Nashua, representing Chickasaw County at the IA State Fair, and various events throughout the year in Chickasaw County.  

Application deadline has been extended to Friday, June 22, and can be found at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/chickasaw/application-forms, or by contacting fair queen coordinator, Megan Mueterthies at meissenmegan@gmail.com.  Interviews will be held at the Pub in New Hampton, on Tuesday, June 26th at 5:00pm.  Queen Coronation will be held at the Chickasaw County Achievement Awards Program on Sunday, July 15th at 6:00pm.

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ATEK Metal Technologies Announces Expansion

Posted: Wed, June 6, 2018
New Hampton's ATEK Metal Technologies announced on Tuesday that they're nearly doubling in size.

President Tom Christie says, "We added 40 percent to our low pressure permanent mold casting capacity to keep up with our accelerating growth."

ATEK is adding robotic de-gating and debuting of castings, which will be operational in July.

The expansion includes a 96-hundred square-foot addition and company officials say the 140 workforce will grow in the coming years.
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Job Fair!

Posted: Fri, April 20, 2018

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