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!”
Joyce Ausberger welcomes visitors at Lincoln Highway Museum
The Greene County Historical Society had a mini-tour of the historic transcontinental Lincoln Highway at its Friday, Aug. 5, meeting in Grand Junction. That included lunch at the First United Presbyterian Church; a brief program about the highway’s history from Joyce and Bob Ausberger, who have long been involved in highway interpretive initiatives at local, state and national levels, as well as tours of the Iowa Lincoln Highway Association Museum in Grand Junction (as this photo shows), the adjacent new Lincoln Highway Garden and the new community center. Click the image to read more about this story.
There is so much to see, learn and experience in our Greene County Historical Museum in Jefferson -- including some first-rate art.  Recently we were browsing when we noticed again this 1997 painting by Gina Coon Harrington, of Jefferson, portraying the "Frantz Round Barn," which was built in 1910 and '11 on the Frantz farm northeast of Grand Junction. The exceptional painting was done on a barn door salvaged when the historic concrete block structure collapsed in a dangerous wind storm in October, 1996. Stop by the museum to read more about the barn. Click here to view full image
There is so much to see, learn and experience in our Greene County Historical Museum in Jefferson — including some first-rate art. Recently we were browsing when we noticed again this 1997 painting by Gina Coon Harrington, of Jefferson, portraying the “Frantz Round Barn,” which was built in 1910 and ’11 on the Frantz farm northeast of Grand Junction. The exceptional painting was done on a barn door salvaged when the historic concrete block structure collapsed in a dangerous wind storm in October, 1996. Stop by the museum to read more about the barn.
Rowena Underwood Morgan
On Saturday, July 16, Rowena Underwood Morgan from Jefferson walked through our historical building at the Greene County Fair, looking for a particular item. In 1926, Rowena’s parents entered her in the fair’s “Healthy Baby” contest. As you can see in this picture, she found the silver trophy that was given to her, and that we have on display in our fairgrounds building. She is now 91 years old, so she has definitely lived up to her title! Click the image to read more about this story!
Stephen Molle & Roger Aegerter
Our historical building on the Greene County Fairgrounds has become a popular place for conversations during the fair, which this year ran July 12-18. Here, Cooper farmer Stephen Molle, a longtime member of the historical society, is shown having a lively chat with the society’s executive director Roger Aegerter, of Jefferson. The society’s amazing display of antique farm equipment and tools, as well as displays on the county’s rural history, attract people every time we open the doors.
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How many courthouse structures have been built on the site of the current Greene County Courthouse?

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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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