The Greene County Iowa Historical Society's president Dave John (left) and executive director Roger Aegerter are shown after the society was granted $30,000 by the Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation for construction of a badly-needed new roof on our museum in Jefferson. Grow Greene County's awards night program was held Tuesday, April 6, at Wild Rose Casino & Resort in Jefferson.
Roger Aegerter, of Jefferson, who is both an artist and the executive director of our Greene County Iowa Historical Society, in early July, 2020, 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)
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, 2020. 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.
Jed Magee gave a very informative and entertaining reflection on the life and career of President Abraham Lincoln when the Greene County Historical Society had a "Lincoln Lunch & Birthday Party" on Feb. 12, 2020 -- the president's 211th birthday. Magee, a former Iowa District Court judge, has been collecting Lincoln memorabilia most of his life, and has donated much of his collection to our Greene County Historical Museum.
In the early 20th century, nothing was bigger in towns like Jefferson than the annual “Chautauqua”!
By MIKKI SCHWARZKOPF JEFFERSON, Iowa, April 7, 2021 – Chautauqua! President Theodore Roosevelt called Chautauqua “the most American thing about America.” Chautauquas were based on the idea that learning continued throughout life. The Chautauqua Movement’s mix of education and entertainment was the predecessor of today’s NPR, and TED talks. At the time, it was dubbed […]
We’re going to showcase a great era of history — from the 1950s thru the ’70s — global & Greene County!
By ROGER AEGERTER JEFFERSON, Iowa, March 18, 2021 — As the Greene County Historical Society looks to the future and what it might look like, the board of directors and a handful of volunteers feel that it is an appropriate time to change, update and add to some of the historical displays at the museum in […]
Sorting out one family’s history: The researcher, Jean Tucker, keeps surprising the descendent, her husband Doug Tucker!
By MARY WEAVER JEFFERSON, Iowa, Dec. 7, 2020 – One hundred forty-eight years ago, there was another highly contagious disease that brought sickness and death to Greene County residents. One known victim was Nancy Tucker, the great-great-great-great grandmother of Doug Tucker of Jefferson. The cause may have been “henfluenza.” Stories about that have emerged as […]
Leading Iowa historian Tom Morain, a native of Greene County, will be memorialized in special state program online on Tuesday evening, Nov. 24
DES MOINES, Ia., Nov. 22, 2020 — One of Iowa’s leading historians, Tom Morain, the Greene County native who died of cancer at 73 last month, will be honored in a special online program on Tuesday evening, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. Hosting the free public event will be Leo Landis, curator at the State […]
Historical museum is now closing again, and until further notice, out of concern over corona virus spread
JEFFERSON, Iowa, July 14, 2020 — The Greene County Historical Museum in Jefferson was closed throughout the spring by threat of the corona virus but re-opened for Saturday mornings in July. It is now being closed to the public again – until further notice. “The uptick in COVID-19 cases in surrounding counties is one of […]
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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How many courthouse structures have been built on the site of the current Greene County Courthouse?
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.”