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!”
  • When the Greene County Iowa Historical Society met Friday, April 12, at the United Methodist Church in Cooper, the program was "The Return of Isaac Cooper," namesake of the town. He was portrayed by actor Dennis Peer, a native of Cooper who taught theater for 38 years at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls. Speaking as Isaac Cooper, he told the story of the mid-19th century settlement and development of Iowa, the city of Des Moines and, in 1881, of little Cooper IA. That's when Frederick M. Hubbell, of Des Moines, and some partners were building a railroad to the Iowa Great Lakes, brought it through our territory, founded the town and named it after his father-in-law Isaac Cooper.
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The traditions & adages that guided our pioneers on when it’s planting time

By MARY WEAVER RIPPEY, Iowa, April 23, 2019 — Finally spring has come following the extremely long and rugged winter. It is time to think about our gardens. Knowing when to plant is tricky and very weather-dependent, but to our early Greene County ancestors and pioneers, a garden was the source of 80 percent of […]

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Cooper Hubbell, meet your great-great-great-grandpa Isaac Cooper, this town’s namesake!

By CHUCK OFFENBURGER COOPER, Iowa, April 11, 2019 — The Greene County Iowa Historical Society tries to preserve and present local history in many different ways.  It’s found a new way to do so this Friday, April 12, when the organization hosts one of its monthly meetings here in the town of Cooper (pop. 30, maybe). […]

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Quick work & generous grants allow historical society to avert museum disaster

JEFFERSON, Iowa, April 11, 2019 — About $35,000 in savvy engineering and quick construction has allowed the Greene County Iowa Historical Society to avert a disaster with our 102-year-old museum building in Jefferson. Last fall, when volunteers Chris and Janet Durlam were working as docents during the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling “Hometown Teams” sports exhibit that […]

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The places where generations of a family meet for bonding become almost magical, like the author’s farm near Rippey

By DALE HANAMAN RIPPEY, Iowa, April 8, 2019 — It was nearly 53 years ago that I first ventured onto the farm where my wife Nancy and I live today. We moved here nearly 12 years ago. What I want to share with you is my early impressions of this farm, the land and Nancy’s […]

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We’ve re-scheduled our program in Cooper, from April 5 to April 12

COOPER, Iowa, April 2, 2019 — Due to a death and funeral in a family that has long been active in the Greene County Historical Society, the organization’s lunch and program that had been scheduled for this Friday, April 5, in Cooper has been re-scheduled one week later – on Friday, April 12. The historical […]

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Historical Society meets in Cooper on Friday, April 12, with some special guests!

By CHUCK OFFENBURGER COOPER, Iowa, April 1, 2019 — The Greene County Iowa Historical Society has its regular April meeting on Friday, April 12, at the United Methodist Church in the town of Cooper, and there will be a special guest presenting the program — “Isaac Cooper,” the pioneer Iowa businessman after whom the town was […]

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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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