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!”
  • 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.
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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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