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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Darcy Maulsby presents: “Iowa’s Lost History from the Titanic.”

Greene County Historical Museum 219 E. Lincoln Way, Jefferson, IA

Join us at the Greene County Historical Museum at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 28, for a Darcy Maulsby program entitled "Iowa’s Lost History from the Titanic," based on the book she has recently published. This is a joint presentation of the Jefferson Public Library and the Greene County Historical Society. Maulsby, a well-known Iowa […]

“A Brief History of Greene County Trees”

Historic St. Patrick's Catholic Church-Cedar Churdan, IA

The Greene County Historical Society will have its monthly lunch and program on Friday, Sept. 2, at historic St. Patrick’s Catholic Church-Cedar, five miles west of Churdan. The program is at 12:45 p.m. and is “A Brief History of Greene County Trees” with Lynn Menz and Margaret Hamilton. Menz is a former science teacher, and Hamilton […]

“J.B. Grinnell and the Iowa Underground Railroad,” a free program by David Connon

Greene County Historical Museum 219 E. Lincoln Way, Jefferson, IA

“Preacher,” “Congressman,” “negro-stealer” -- Iowa pioneer Josiah Bushnell Grinnell was called all of those things during his life from 1821 to 1891. He and other residents of the new east central Iowa community, which was named after him, helped at least 37 fugitive slaves who passed through their town on the "Underground Railroad" before the […]

Our museum is open this Wednesday, Nov. 9

Greene County Historical Museum 219 E. Lincoln Way, Jefferson, IA

We know you're accustomed to our Greene County Historical Museum not having regular "open" hours from November until springtime, but we're making exceptions from time to time.  This Wednesday, Nov. 9, is one of those times.  So come on over Wednesday afternoon, 1 to 4 p.m. and browse our amazing collection of local history!

“Leafing Through Greene County History”

Greene County Historical Museum 219 E. Lincoln Way, Jefferson, IA

Join us at the Greene County Historical Society Museum (219 E Lincoln Way in Jefferson) for a new event: "Leafing Through Greene County History." Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. This event has two parts. First, we’ll sit in a circle, and four members of the historical society will share interesting aspects of the museum’s […]

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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.”


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