Genealogy & History Group:

Join our Genealogy & History Group: The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Call (563)578-3324 or email library@sumner.lib.ia.us to be added to the email list for news and event reminders:

Tuesday, May 17 at 5:30pm- Zoom Video Meeting Tool: video chat basics class

Tuesday, June 14 at 5:30pm- Meeting 3- Tentative topic/title announcement

Tuesday, July 12 at 5:30pm- Meeting 4- Tentative topic/title announcement


Additional History Programs & Events:

Tuesday, June 14 to Thursday, June 16- Iowa History Mobile Museum Visit

  • Tuesday 6/14 from 10:00am until 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 6/15 from 10:00am until 5:00pm
  • Thursday 6/16 from 10:00am until 6:00pm

Thursday, July 14 to Sunday, July 17- Sumner Sesquintennial (150 year) Celebration!


Ancestry Library:

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*available only onsite

This service is sponsored by Sumner Public Library Foundation


Visit our Local History Room:

Filled with an ever growing collection of historical items, our local history room is the perfect place for someone to research local and familial histories. 

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Local Newspaper 1881-2020:

The Local History room has a microfilm viewer to view the collection of microfilm. Patrons must check out the machine and microfilm at the circulation desk. 

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Scanning Hub:

We hope to have our scanning hub set up inside the library soon. Now is as good of a time as ever to start going through old photos!

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Downtown Sumner

Bremer County Historical Society:

402 W. Bremer Ave, Waverly, IA 50677

(319) 352-1309

email: bremercountyhistoricalsociety@gmail.com



Family Search:

Discover your family's story through historical records.​ With Family Search's collection of billions of records, you can piece together your ancestors’ history and bring stories to life.



American Ancestors:

by New England Historic Genealogical Society. More than 1 billion searchable names from America and beyond.



National Archives:

Explore our nation's history through our documents, photos, and records.



Iowa Historical Newspapers:

University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library Iowa list of historical newspaper links.



Find a Grave:

World's largest gravesite collection. Over 180 million memorials created since 1995.