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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July 2019

20th annual Pleasant Prairie Old-Fashioned Threshing Bee

July 27 - July 28
Pleasant Prairie Farm, 1176 M Avenue
Jefferson, 50129 United States

Nick Foster, a member of the board of directors of the Greene County Historical Society, his wife Annette, their family and friends will host their 20th "Pleasant Prairie Old-Fashioned Threshing Bee" on their farm just northwest of Jefferson on Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28. "This is a historic farm re-enactment," Nick Foster recently explained. "We teach the way things were done. It's one way to keep the rural culture and history alive." There will be threshing demonstrations at…

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August 2019

“Theaters in Greene County” with Mike & Dianne Piepel

August 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Grand Junction Community Center, 212 E. Main Street
Grand Junction, IA 50107 United States

Mike and Dianne Piepel, of Jefferson, will present a program on the "Theaters in Greene County" when the Greene County Historical Society meets on Friday, Aug. 2, at the Grand Junction Community Center. The Piepels have been doing extensive research on all the theaters that existed in the county.  All but the tiniest of our towns had at least one, and some towns have had several through their history. This program and meeting will be held while Grand Junction is…

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“Grand Junction’s 150 Years Transportation/Transitions,” Alan Robinson presenting

August 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Grand Junction Community Center, 212 E. Main Street
Grand Junction, IA 50107 United States

On Sunday, Aug. 4, Alan Robinson, of Grand Junction, will present “Grand Junction: 150 Years of Transportation and Transitions” at 1 p.m. at the Grand Junction Community Center. This free program is co-sponsored by the Greene County Iowa Historical Society and the Grand Junction Sesquicentennial Committee. Robinson, a former journalist, will present some amazing stories about his hometown of Grand Junction’s history with transportation and the impact that has had on the town’s growth, decline and re-development over its 150…

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“Museum Party” honoring re-enactors of 1919 military vehicle convoy

August 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Greene County Historical Museum, 219 E. Lincoln Way
Jefferson, IA 50129

The Greene County Historical Society is hosting a “museum party” this Saturday, Aug. 24, to help welcome those coming to Jefferson on the re-enactment of a trans-USA 1919 military vehicle convoy. The historical museum at 219 E. Lincoln Way will be open for its normal Saturday business hours from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Then it will be re-opened from1 to 4 p.m. for the special “museum party.” At the museum during the afternoon, Janice Harbaugh, of Raspberry Ridge Publishing…

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September 2019

Greene County Historical Markers

September 6 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Historic St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 195 NE McIntire Ave
Churdan, IA 50050 United States

The Greene County Historical Society will meet on Friday, Sept. 6, at historic St. Patrick Catholic Church on the Cedar, located about five miles west of Churdan. The society's former president Dale Hanaman and executive director Roger Aegerter, who have been working on new enhancements for the historical markers long ago placed around the county, will be giving a report on their work.  The project has been funded with a donation from the estate of the late James H. Andrew,…

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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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