Our mission: “Keeping Greene County history alive.”    Our motto: “With our programming, museum and special events, we not only preserve the history of our county in west central Iowa, we make that history come alive again!”    Our inspiration: “If you’re going to be presenting history, and you want people to pay any attention to it,” said the late James H. Andrew, “you better make it fun!”
  • Mikki Schwarzkopf, of Jefferson, presented a terrific program -- in costume! -- to our Greene County Iowa Historical Society on Friday, Oct. 1, detailing the great struggle that in 1920 led to ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. That finally gave women the right to vote in this country. Schwarzkopf's program, delivered at the United Methodist Church in Rippey, was rich with detail about how local "suffragists" campaigned for and won the vote by the men of Greene County, aided by the appearances here by many of the national leaders in the women's suffrage movement.
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Iowans who fought for the Confederacy? Some little-known Civil War history is coming Sunday, Oct. 10, at museum in Jefferson

JEFFERSON, Iowa, Oct. 7, 2021 — Avid historical researcher and re-enactor David Connon, of Earlham in central Iowa, was digging deeply into the history of the Underground Railroad’s route across Iowa when he discovered a Civil War story he’d been unaware of — there were at least 76 Iowans, maybe even more, who in fact joined […]

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Jed Magee, an authority on Abraham Lincoln, speaks Sunday, Aug. 8, at museum on Lincoln’s “learning and his mentors”

JEFFERSON, Iowa, Aug. 2, 2021 — Jed Magee, of Jefferson, an authority on the life and career of former President Abraham Lincoln and a member of the board of directors of the Greene County Iowa Historical Society, will speak on “Lincoln’s Learning and His Mentors” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 8, at the museum […]

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What? There’s no poem about the Greene County Fair? Poet Jerry Roberts took that as a challenge!

JEFFERSON, Iowa, July 12, 2021 — When our Greene County Iowa Historical Society members Jerry Roberts and Chuck Offenburger, both retired journalists, began another of their “History Chats” at the Greene County Fair here in Jefferson  last Friday, they posed a question that no one in the audience could answer. The discussion was about “The […]

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Native son Chuck Holden, history prof & author, speaks on his career Sunday, July 25, at museum

By CHUCK OFFENBURGER JEFFERSON, Iowa, July 20, 2021 — When the Greene County Historical Society learned that native son Chuck Holden, a college history professor teaching in Maryland and the author of three books of history, was spending the summer here, the group asked if they could interrupt his plans for an hour or so […]

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Our hour-long chat about Rippey’s 150-year history helps us launch our new YouTube channel!

JEFFERSON,  Iowa, July 22, 2021 — Our Greene County Iowa Historical Society took another big step forward today. This morning, we launched our new YouTube channel, making better use of our video productions and sharing them with a much wider audience. We start this new effort with a video of our “History Chat” at the […]

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Here’s the line-up for Chuck & Jerry’s “History Chats” at our county fair this Friday and Saturday

By CHUCK OFFENBURGER JEFFERSON, Iowa, July 8, 2021 — For the past half-dozen years, retired radio news director Jerry Roberts and I have been moderating “History Chats” during the Greene County Fair, and we’re ready to start them again this Friday and Saturday. Come join us in the Greene County Historical Society’s building near the […]

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How many courthouse structures have been built on the site of the current Greene County Courthouse?

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There have been three courthouses built where the Greene County Courthouse stands today.  Ground was broken on the current courthouse in November of 1915, the cornerstone was set in May 1916 and the new building was dedicated in October of 1917. The centennial celebration of the courthouse is already underway, with events being planned by the “Courthouse 100” committee, with support from the Greene County Historical Society.  You can learn more about the courthouse history and the celebration plans on the Facebook page “Courthouse 100: Greene County, Iowa.”

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