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!”
  • Jessica Rundlett, director of special projects and outreach for the State Historical Society of Iowa, presented her "Iowa Culture Trivia Challenge" to about 50 people at the Greene County Historical Museum in Jefferson on Monday afternoon, Feb. 24. She asked her audience trivia questions about historic spots, iconic artwork (like the huge "Dala horse" in the southeastern town of Swedesburg) and quirky claims to fame, and she often showed photos for the correct answers. WHO-TV roving Iowa reporter Roger Riley covered Rundlett's presentation and turned it into a delightful story on the Channel 13 news in Des Moines. The program was co-sponsored by the historical society and the Jefferson Public Library.
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Greene County Historical Society programs thru early May postponed due to corona virus

The Greene County Historical Society announced Monday that all its programs scheduled between now and early May are postponed, as a precaution during the nation’s battle to control the spread of the corona virus. Historical society president David John, of Jefferson, said there were five programs on the schedule from now through May 1, and […]

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Come join live “Skype” chat with fascinating diplomat Michael S. Owen, a Lincoln Highway explorer & author

JEFFERSON, Iowa, Feb. 24, 2020 — Retired U.S. ambassador Michael S. Owen said after extensively traveling the roads of a half-dozen African nations, Pakistan, Ireland and India in his 30 years as a career diplomat, he was thrilled to explore his American homeland by driving the historic Lincoln Highway in recent years. That’s brought him […]

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Iowa trivia expert brings “Iowa Trivia Challenge” to museum on Monday

JEFFERSON, Iowa, Feb. 19, 2020 — We’ll find out how well everybody knows their Iowa history and culture on Monday, Feb. 24, when Jessica Rundlett of the State Historical Society of Iowa brings her “Iowa Culture Trivia Challenge” to Jefferson for a free program at 2 p.m. at the Greene County Historical Museum. The program […]

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Thinking of Greene County’s old country churches, like St. Mary’s, north of Jamaica

By ROGER AEGERTER JEFFERSON, Iowa, Feb. 15, 2020 — Many roads in Greene County will take you past a church or two, or the ghost of a congregation from years past. Most of these churches have some written history from their origins. Some churches may have been formed by the very first settlers in the […]

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We’re celebrating President Lincoln’s 211th birthday at the museum, with free lunch, party and chat

JEFFERSON, Iowa, Feb. 8, 2020 — This coming Wednesday, Feb. 12, will be the 211th birthday of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, and the Greene County Iowa Historical Society is having a new kind of event that day to honor the president — a “Lincoln Lunch & Birthday Party” at the museum in Jefferson, beginning at […]

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Holiday promotional gifts from merchants sure have changed over the years!

By MARY WEAVER RIPPEY, Iowa, Jan. 20, 2020 — Christmas 2019 has passed, as has the whole decade of the twenty teens. The tree and the various Christmas house decorations have been placed back in the totes and stored in the basement. Most of the newly received gifts have been incorporated into the household. New […]

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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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