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!”
  • Roger Aegerter, of Jefferson, who is both an artist and the executive director of our Greene County Iowa Historical Society, in early July completed a 295-foot-long representation of the 3,389-mile Lincoln Highway. Aegerter, who has driven the full length of the real historic highway over the years, painted the highway "in scale" -- with one foot on the green route representing 11.5 miles on the trans-USA route. You can learn more about the project, and see more photos in a story below here. (Photo by Jan Rosdail Aegerter)
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Roger Aegerter’s fun new artwork lets you walk the full length of the historic Lincoln Highway!

JEFFERSON, Iowa, July 8, 2020 — Roger Aegerter has long been intrigued by the historic Lincoln Highway.  Maybe it’s because for 42 years, he has lived just a half-block of the highway’s route as it goes through Jefferson. Over that time, he’s driven nearly the entire route, from its beginning in New York City to its […]

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Greene County Historical Museum to re-open, on Saturdays in July

JEFFERSON, Iowa, June 23, 2020 — After being closed all spring and early summer, out of concern for the spread of the corona virus, the Greene County Historical Museum in Jefferson is going to begin re-opening to the public – starting with Saturday mornings in July. “We will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. until […]

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Museum will remain closed at least through June, and June 5 program canceled

JEFFERSON, Iowa, May 21, 2020 — The Greene County Historical Museum in Jefferson will remain closed at least through the month of June, historical society president David John announced today. The governor of Iowa has authorized the re-opening of museums beginning on Friday, May 22. Museums have been among the public facilities that have been […]

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His research stalled when he became absorbed in what Jefferson was like back in the year 1876

By ROGER AEGERTER JEFFERSON, Iowa, April 8, 2020 — There is a group of women in Jefferson, “Why Not Us,” who are coming together to bring the business “Angie’s Tea Garden” back to life. The Centennial Block building, which houses or did house the Tea Garden on the northwest corner of the Greene County Courthouse […]

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At the centennial of women receiving the right to vote, a look back at the battle in Greene County

By MIKKI SCHWARZKOPF JEFFERSON, Iowa, March 30, 2020 – This year marks the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Nationally, the amendment came after approximately 60 years of effort. And Greene County had its share of heated controversy and debate, both pro and […]

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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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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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