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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June 2019

Bell Tower Festival Spelling Bee

June 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Greene County Community Center, 204 W Harrison Street
Jefferson, IA 50129

The traditional Bell Tower Festival Spelling Bee, sponsored and hosted by the Greene County Iowa Historical Society, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Greene County Community Center in Jefferson. There will be competition for four different age groups – adults included – and there is no entry fee.

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Premiere of movie “Jefferson Telephone Museum”

June 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sierra Community Theatre, 212 E State Street
Jefferson, IA 50129

All Greene County Iowa Historical Society members have been invited to attend the premiere of a movie "Jefferson Telephone Museum" on Wednesday, June 19, at the Sierra Community Theatre in Jefferson.  Doors open at 5 p.m., with the premiere starting at 5:30 p.m.  Admission is free, and so's the popcorn!  This is a "Business After Hours" event, hosted by Jefferson Telecom.  Additional information is available by email at info@jeffersontelecom.com.

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July 2019

Visit our old country school during Greene County Fair

July 12 @ 9:00 am - July 13 @ 5:00 pm
Greene County Fairgrounds,

Come experience how country schools operated decades ago, on Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13, during the Greene County Fair in Jefferson. “Bristol No. 7” country schoolhouse will be staffed those days by Becki Cunningham, who attended a country school.  Cunningham, a member of the board of directors of the Greene County Historical Society, will explain what rural education was once like in the county, share historical details and answer questions.  She'll be there 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.…

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Sit-in on our “History Chats” during the Greene County Fair

July 12 @ 11:00 am - July 13 @ 4:00 pm
Greene County Fairgrounds,

For the fifth consecutive year, the Greene County Historical Society is presenting informal "History Chats" at the Greene County Fair in Jefferson. Retired journalists Jerry Roberts and Chuck Offenburger are the hosts and co-moderators of the chats, which are conducted in our historical building on the fairgrounds. They interview a panel of people with expertise or vision on each of the topics, and the audience is welcome to ask questions, too.  The chats are conducted as people sit in a…

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Java & Juice Friday July 19 at our historical museum

July 19 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Greene County Historical Museum, 219 E. Lincoln Way
Jefferson, IA 50129

The Greene County Historical Society plays host this Friday, July 18, as the Jefferson Matters Main Street program brings its 9:30 a.m. "Java & Juice" event to our historical museum. These free, half-hour Friday morning gatherings for coffee, juice, goodies and conversation have become very popular in the Jefferson area in the past two years, with different businesses or organizations hosting each week. They provide an opportunity for people to meet the owners/leaders and staffs of the organizations, have a…

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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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