Our hour-long chat about Rippey’s 150-year history helps us launch our new YouTube channel!

JEFFERSON,  Iowa, July 22, 2021 — Our Greene County Iowa Historical Society took another big step forward today.

This morning, we launched our new YouTube channel, making better use of our video productions and sharing them with a much wider audience.

We start this new effort with a video of our “History Chat” at the recent Greene County Fair, where co-hosts Jerry Roberts and Chuck Offenburger led a discussion on the history of Rippey as our southeastern-most town gets ready for its Sesquicentennial celebration on Saturday, July 31.

You can access our new YouTube channel by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70SjfGWTMXA. The video is the work of the historical society’s new director of digital history, Carson Roberts.

Here, “History Chats” co-host Jerry Roberts chats-up three Rippey area residents with deep knowledge of their community’s history — (left to right) Mary Weaver, Nancy Hanaman and Roy Bardole.

We hope you enjoy the hour-long chat — and learn some interesting Rippey history, too!

Carson Roberts, the new director of digital history for the Greene County Iowa Historical Society.
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