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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December 2019

Holidays celebration & official annual meeting

December 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Greenewood Center, 401 W. Greenewood Rd
Jefferson, IA 50129

The Greene County Historical Society will meet at 12 noon on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Greenewood Center in Jefferson for our holiday celebration and the official annual business meeting, too. Besides a delicious meal, there will be an election of officers and board members, with nominations from a board committee as well as from the members in attendance. The printed newsletter for 2020 will be distributed, with the schedule of meetings & programs for the entire year, as well…

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February 2020

A lunch & birthday party honoring President Lincoln

February 12 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Greene County Historical Museum, 219 E. Lincoln Way
Jefferson, IA 50129

Wednesday, Feb. 12, will be the 211th birthday of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, and the Greene County Iowa Historical Society is having a new kind of event that day to honor the president -- a "Lincoln Lunch & Birthday Party" at the museum in Jefferson, beginning at 11 a.m. Jed Magee, of Jefferson, a retired attorney and Iowa District Court judge, will lead a conversation about President Lincoln with those who want to gather for the lunch.  Magee has had…

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An “Iowa Culture Trivia Challenge” at the museum

February 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Greene County Historical Museum, 219 E. Lincoln Way
Jefferson, IA 50129

We'll see how well everybody knows their Iowa history and culture on Monday, Feb. 24, when Jessica Rundlett of the State Historical Society of Iowa brings her "Iowa Culture Trivia Challenge" to Jefferson for a free program at 2 p.m. at the Greene County Historical Museum. The program is a collaboration by the Greene County Iowa Historical Society and the Jefferson Public Library. Rundlett is coordinator of special projects and outreach for the state historical group.  She helped see that…

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March 2020

A live Skype chat with Lincoln Highway explorer, author

March 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Jefferson Public Library, 200 W. Lincoln Way
Jefferson, IA 50129

Retired U.S. ambassador Michael S. Owen said after extensively traveling the roads of a half-dozen African nations, Pakistan, Ireland and India in his 30 years as a career diplomat, he was thrilled to explore his American homeland by driving the historic Lincoln Highway in recent years. That’s brought him through Greene County each of the last two summers. He’ll talk about all that and his new book, “After Ike: On the Trail of the Century-Old Journey that Changed America,” this…

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All programs are postponed until at least early May

March 16 - May 8
Greene County Historical Museum, 219 E. Lincoln Way
Jefferson, IA 50129

The Greene County Historical Society announced Monday, March 16, that all its programs scheduled between now and early May are postponed, as a precaution during the nation’s battle to control the spread of the corona virus. Historical society president David John, of Jefferson, said there were five programs on the schedule from now through May 1, and the organization will attempt to re-schedule them later in the year. Anyone with questions can leave word at the Greene County Historical Museum,…

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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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