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!”
  • David John, of Jefferson, is the newly-elected president of the Greene County Iowa Historical Society for 2019. He succeeds Dale Hanaman, of Rippey, president the past three years. You can read more about John in a story below here. He is shown here in the museum in Jefferson, in front of the portrait of Greene County native Eva Leonard, an early Broadway musical star, and several pieces from our extensive collection on President Abraham Lincoln. Other officers for the new year are Margaret Hamilton, program chair; Joyce Ausberger, secretary; Becki Cunningham, treasurer, and Hanaman, as past-president. Other board members are Dallas Schrader, Paul White, Cindy Deal, Chuck Offenburger, Nick Foster, Nancy Hanaman and Carol John.
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A trip back in time, to Christmas 1950, right here in Greene County

By MARY WEAVER RIPPEY, Iowa, Dec. 15, 2018 – Let’s make a trip back to Christmastime, 68 years ago.  At that time, this writer knew that Santa Claus would be coming and delivering presents to our house on Christmas Eve. I have vivid memories of visiting the Lauver Hardware store on Main Street of Rippey.  […]

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New president David John has Greene County roots as deep as you can get

By CHUCK OFFENBURGER JEFFERSON, Iowa, Dec. 12, 2018 — David John, who was elected president of the Greene County Iowa Historical Society for 2019 at a meeting of the membership Dec. 7 , is about as deeply-rooted a Greene Countian as anyone around here today could be. “My namesake and great-great-grandfather David John settled here […]

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At Dec. 7 meeting, new officers, newsletter, 2019 programs & holiday music

JEFFERSON, Iowa, Dec. 3, 2018 — The Greene County Iowa Historical Society will close its programming for 2018 with the annual holiday-themed lunch and meeting on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Greenewood Center in Jefferson. The annual election of officers will be held, and a newsletter covering 2018 and 2019 activities will be distributed — and […]

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“Our Wilsons & Lincoln” event Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. will salute courthouse statue’s 100 years of inspiration

JEFFERSON, Iowa, Nov. 5, 2018 —  An inspiring story of how the unique statue of President Abraham Lincoln was commissioned, placed and dedicated on the Greene County Courthouse square 100 years ago will be told again on Sunday, Nov. 11, in a 2 p.m. program in the courthouse rotunda here. “Our Wilsons & Lincoln –100 […]

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Recalling Greene County’s political & elections history, when we meet in Scranton Nov. 2

SCRANTON, Iowa, Oct. 25, 2018 — Brothers Rick and Tom Morain will be discussing “Greene County Politics Thru The Years: The Pendulum Always Swings” when the Greene County Historical Society meets on Friday, Nov. 2, at the United Methodist Church in Scranton. Rick Morain, who lives in Jefferson, is the retired editor & publisher of […]

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We know from history and from life in recent days, that when it comes to hate and fear, we’ve “got to be carefully taught”

By DALE HANAMAN RIPPEY, Iowa, Oct. 30, 2018 — In the Rodgers & Hammerstein movie “South Pacific,” there is the song “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught.”  The words are haunting. The first verse goes: You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear You’ve got to be taught from year to year It’s got to […]

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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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