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Facebook page shares Nevada’s memories

People love to reminisce, especially about the community where they were raised.

That’s why a Facebook page, Nevada, Iowa Experiences - Good & Bad, caught fire recently on the popular social networking site.

Stephanie (Christian) Anderson, a 1991 graduate of Nevada High School, who grew up in Nevada and still lives in the area, started the page. “Originally, I planned on this being a site about Nevada, where anyone can ask or discuss anything - good or bad, or if they saw something that was weird or neat, to take a picture and then people can discuss it,” she said.

So she started a group Aug. 23 and invited about 100 of her friends to join. Her first post that day started out, “Hi everyone, I started this group for people to comment on their experiences with everyday life in Nevada…”

But the page didn’t catch fire until the community’s “history” started to come into play. On Sept. 4, someone posted a comment about the old pool, and people starting sharing their thoughts.

On Oct. 13, another history-related comment appeared: “My memories are old ones, but I enjoyed my simple life, and times being completely unplugged from my phone were great.”

On Jan. 15, the page had 143 members. Anderson said she’s not sure what happened, but by the 16th, she started getting requests from people wanting to join the page. And those people started posting memories, about things like the Hartzer House, the trailer park behind Starbucks and more.

“Every time I turned around, there were another 20 wanting to join,” she said. And in the week leading up to Jan. 21, the site had grown by 1,117 members, all in less than one week.

“Maybe the fact that most people love memories; everyone’s memories are seen differently and that’s what makes every post unique,” Anderson said when asked for the reason she thinks the page has grown. She said some posts have duplicate subjects, because new members coming in daily aren’t aware of earlier posts. “It is that big and busy.”

For Anderson, it’s been fun to watch and read. There are so many posts about Nevada’s history, she said, that she can’t pick just one as a favorite. “It is really fun to hear about Milford and the transformation that has been completed since the school closed. Someone posted pictures of the renovations. It is also fun to hear about the favorite teachers or bus drivers and how some of them had an impact on our lives.”

The Nevada Journal Facebook page has noticed the same type of interest when it posts occasional photos from past issues — 50 years ago, 40 years ago, 30 years ago, 20 years ago — on its Facebook page and asks people to try to identify the people in those photos and the events that were making news. Anderson has been a follower of those historic trivia questions, too.

Anderson, the daughter of Larry and Nancy Christian, whose brothers were Brent and Brad, now lives in a house that sits on the acreage she grew up on. Her parents still live in the house she grew up in. So, she is surrounded by memories in her physical world, and now she enjoys being surrounded by memories in the virtual world.

If you’d like to join in on the discussion of memories, send Anderson a request to join the page.

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