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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October 2018

The 1966 “Agri-rama” & other plowing championships in Greene County

October 5, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Rippey United Methodist Church, 103 Main Street
Rippey, IA 50235 United States

In the fall of 1966, Greene County hosted a 2-day "Agri-rama U.S.A." showcasing the newest and best equipment available for farming, as well as enhancements for rural life -- and more than 150,000 people attended!  There were also plowing competitions, which from the late 1940s to the early 1980s were very popular across the U.S. Farm Belt as well as in other nations where agriculture was big. Three Rippey-area natives -- Roger Norgren, Robert Huber and Steve King -- were…

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November 2018

“Greene County Politics Thru The Years: The Pendulum Always Swings”

November 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Scranton United Methodist Church, 1000 Lincoln
Scranton, IA

Brothers Rick and Tom Morain will be discussing "Greene County Politics Thru The Years: The Pendulum Always Swings" when the Greene County Historical Society meets on Friday, Nov. 2, at the United Methodist Church in Scranton. Rick Morain, who lives in Jefferson, is the retired editor & publisher of the Jefferson Bee & Herald, now writing a weekly "Greenery" column for the Jefferson Herald. Tom Morain lives in Lamoni in south central Iowa and is director of government relations for…

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December 2018

New officers, newsletter, 2019 programs & holiday music at next meeting

December 7, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Greenewood Center, 401 W. Greenewood Rd
Jefferson, IA 50129

The Greene County Iowa Historical Society will close its programming for 2018 with the annual holiday-themed lunch and meeting on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Greenewood Center in Jefferson. The annual election of officers will be held, and a newsletter covering 2018 and 2019 activities will be distributed -- and that will include the schedule of monthly and special programs to be held in '19. A special feature will be musical entertainment by Greene County High School band members, led…

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February 2019

Sports photography in history, the present & future

February 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Greene County Historical Museum, 219 E. Lincoln Way
Jefferson, IA 50129

The Greene County Iowa Historical Society's 2019 programming will begin with a special Sunday afternoon 2 p.m. program on sports photography at our museum in Jefferson. Two of the presenters will be the excellent local sports photographers -- Jeff Storjohann of the Carroll Daily Times Herald and Brandon Hurley of the Jefferson Herald.  There may be others joining the panel, too. They will talk about how the change in camera equipment and processing has changed sports photography through the decades,…

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March 2019

Buildings around the square in Jefferson

March 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Greene County Historical Museum, 219 E. Lincoln Way
Jefferson, IA 50129

We've seen a whole lot of change around the courthouse square in our Greene County seat town of Jefferson, thanks to the revitalization efforts led by the City of Jefferson and Jefferson Matters Main Street. In a special program at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, at our museum in Jefferson, Nick Sorensen will talk about the history, character and special challenges of the "Buildings around the square." Sorensen is the city's zoning official, building inspector and special projects coordinator.…

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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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