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!”
  • Ada Ross, of Jefferson, secretary of the Greene County Pioneer Cemetery Commission, spoke Friday, Sept. 7, at the Greene County Historical Society program held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Cedar, located west of Churdan. Ross reported the county has 10 "pioneer cemeteries," defined as having five or fewer burials in the last 50 years. At least three of the cemeteries were plowed before the commission became active in the year 2000, but now all have been restored as completely as possible. The commission, which receives funding from the county's board of supervisors, is charged with overseeing the protection and preservation of the pioneer cemeteries, where many of our earliest settlers are buried. Ross is shown here with a county map showing the location of the pioneer ceremonies.

U of I Women’s Archives doing 6-on-6 girls’ basketball presentation Sept. 15 in Jefferson

JEFFERSON, Iowa, Sept. 10, 2018 — Small towns across Iowa came to a halt each winter to take in the mesmerizing game of high school girls’ six-on-six basketball. It was a sport that captivated thousands and sent scores sky-rocketing over the century mark, creating legends in the smallest of communities. The University of Iowa Women’s Archives […]


Greene County’s “pioneer cemeteries” and the people who are preserving them

CHURDAN, Iowa, Sept. 8, 2018 — Ada Ross, the secretary of the Greene County Pioneer Cemetery Commission, told stories about the 10 “pioneer cemeteries” in the county when the Greene County Historical Society met Friday, Sept. 7, at historic and beautiful St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Cedar Township west of here. Those 10 cemeteries are […]


Fire up! Fight songs, free sports movies and more will lead up to Smithsonian “HomeTown Teams” exhibit opening Aug. 11

JEFFERSON, Iowa, Aug. 3, 2018 — Several special events next week will kick-off the special Smithsonian Institution’s “HomeTown Teams” exhibit that will open here on Saturday, Aug. 11. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Farmers Market in Jefferson, the Greene County Singers will be performing fight songs from high schools around Greene County – both […]


History at the fair: Storytelling, “old iron,” country school lessons – and ice cream!

JEFFERSON, Iowa, July 9, 2018 — The Greene County Historical Society joins in at the Greene County Fair here later this week with two days of storytelling in “history chats,” displays of classic farm equipment and the humble accessories of early rural life, tours and explanations of a historic one-room schoolhouse, and a free ice […]


Don Orris speaks Friday on unique heritage & impact of local archery program

JEFFERSON, Iowa, May 30, 2018 — Don Orris, of Jefferson, learned archery from his hometown heroes 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist Doreen Wilber and her husband Skeeter Wilber. And Orris has been teaching it ever since, now in the “Gang Greene” youth archery program that has evolved from one that he, the Wilbers and Phil Siglin founded […]


Memorial homecoming tradition is growing at old Pleasant Hill Church — service Sunday features speakers, brass band, 21-gun salute & a fried chicken potluck dinner like the pioneers had

JEFFERSON, Iowa, May 22, 2018 — The annual Pleasant Hill Memorial Homecoming will be held this Sunday morning, May 27, at historic Pleasant Hill Church located five miles southeast of Jefferson. It’s a Memorial Day weekend tradition in what was one of Greene County’s early settlements. The former Methodist church, which dates to 1881, has […]

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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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