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!”

Who are we?

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Greene County Iowa Historical Society

Founded on May 1, 1960

With our programming, museum and special events, we not only preserve the history of our county in west central Iowa, we make it come alive again!

Our Greene County Historical Museum is located at 219 East Lincoln Way in Jefferson. Museum hours are on Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, from mid-May thru September, and by appointment at (515) 386-8544. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

The president of the historical society is Dale Hanaman, of Rippey.

How To Get Involved
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Help us grow! Donate, become a member, or renew your membership today!
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Did you know there were so many historical sites in this county? See many of them on the map here!
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See interviews with historical figures, events and programs we have recorded, and much more!
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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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