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!”
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May 2019


Our museum is now open Wednesday afternoons & Saturday mornings thru October

May 1 - October 31
Greene County Historical Museum, 219 E. Lincoln Way
Jefferson, IA 50129

The Greene County Historical Museum in Jefferson IA has regular open hours from May 1 through the end of October each year.  It is open Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. You can also schedule special visits, especially for groups, by leaving a phone message at (515) 386-8544. Come spend an afternoon or morning browsing through some of the most well-presented exhibits and historical resources you'll find in any county museum…

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Pleasant Hill Memorial Homecoming service & potluck at pioneer church

May 26 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Historic Pleasant Hill Church, Redwood Avenue
Jefferson, 50129 United States

The annual Pleasant Hill Memorial Homecoming service & potluck dinner will be held on Sunday, May 26, at the 138-year-old pioneer church located about five miles southeast of Jefferson. The event is presented by the Pleasant Hill Memorial Inc. committee, with support from the Greene County Iowa Historical Society. Wayne Lautner is shown here playing "Taps" after the 21-gun salute at the conclusion of the 2017 memorial service at historic Pleasant Hill Church. Pleasant Hill Church has roots from 1873…

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June 2019

Nick & Annette Foster tell story of their 130-year-old hotel

June 7 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
First United Methodist Church of Jefferson IA, 307 S. Wilson Avenue
Jefferson, IA United States

Nick and Annette Foster, owners for about a year now of the Mason House hotel in Jefferson, will share fascinating stories they've learned about their 130-year-old guest house when the Greene County Iowa Historical Society meets on Friday, June 7, at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson. Located at 502 E. Lincoln Way, the hotel opened in 1889 primarily to serve passengers on the north-south railroad coming through Jefferson.  Today, it's still serving a lot of visitors -- those…

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“Iowa History 101” display bus at the Bell Tower Festival

June 8 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Greene County Iowa Historical Society is hosting the "Iowa History 101" mobile resource -- a very big history bus -- at this year’s Bell Tower Festival in Jefferson.  This resource is provided by the State Historical Museum of Iowa and is visiting all 99 counties. It will be at the festival here on June 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. parked adjacent to Thomas Jefferson Memorial Gardens on E. Lincoln Way. "This exhibition shares some of the essential…

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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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