• Be a Guest of the Past

    Teachers, students, and group leaders enjoy discovering their past at the 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse.

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  • Coralville Old Town Hall

    Now in its new location — 407 5th Street!

    Available for event rentals.

    Open hours every Saturday from 3-5 p.m.

    Open for tours by appointment. Please contact us at least two business days in advance for tours.

     

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  • Johnson County Historic Poor Farm

    The Johnson County Historic Poor Farm is open for tours by appointment.

    Please contact us at least two business days in advance.

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  • Plum Grove Historic Home

    Visit the home of Robert Lucas, the first Territorial Governor of Iowa. Open from Memorial Day to the end of October.

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  • 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse

    See what a typical day was like in a one-room school from the 1870s.

    Open hours every Saturday from 3-5 p.m.

    Open for tours by appointment. Please contact us at least two business days in advance.

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  • Help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary by becoming a member today!

    The Johnson County Historical Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary! We are looking toward a very bright future of continuing our mission and we need your support. Become a member today and help us preserve our history!

     

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Who We Are

A private, non-profit group committed to serving the public by furthering an appreciation of the historical and cultural heritage of the Johnson County community through education, preservation and interpretation.

Become a member today!


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Wishlist

JCHS greatly appreciates the donations and support of our community and members. While we always need donations for operational support, we also have a few specific items that staff need for our day to day work and special events. If you are interested in making an in-kind contribution of any of the items listed below, please use our Contact form or call us at (319) 351-5738.

  • 1870 Period Clothing
  • Pruning Shears and other landscaping tools
  • Snacks for upcoming exhibit openings and special events

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Let's distract ourselves with a little light research, shall we? #StumpedSaturday #Trivia ... See MoreSee Less

Lets distract ourselves with a little light research, shall we? #StumpedSaturday #trivia

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"A" is correct! The other two names were runner ups.

A but it is no longer true.

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Not specifically about Johnson County today, but I don't think it can be argued that Quaker Oats hasn't affected more than Cedar Rapids. #StumpedSaturday #Trivia ... See MoreSee Less

Not specifically about Johnson County today, but I dont think it can be argued that Quaker Oats hasnt affected more than Cedar Rapids. #StumpedSaturday #trivia

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I seemed to have missed updating this question. Sorry for the late answer! The answer is "C." Before Quaker Oats gained popularity at the turn of the 20th century, most of the western world relegated oats as feed for livestock. A father and son duo from Canada by the name of Stuart settled in Cedar Rapids and went about making local, national, and global history. Even though the Stuart family wasn't Quaker, they purchased an ailing oat manufacturer because they trademarked the name "Quaker Oats." Quakers had a reputation for honesty and good quality which the Stuarts (and the business partners they gained along the way) capitalized on.

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Because of the governmental request to stop large gatherings and concerns over the spread of the coronavirus in Johnson County, our April events have been postponed. That means the East Frisian Tea Party and the Huebinger Lecture are suspended until further notice. I'll continue to post updates as we have them. Till then, stay safe out there, everyone! ... See MoreSee Less

All In One Room, by Franklin L. Yoder

All In One Room

Work on the book about one-room schools in Johnson County is complete! Order your copy today!

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Museum Hours

  • Mondays: Closed
  • Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Admission: $5/person, JCHS Members and children under 12 are FREE
    Price includes free admission to the Antique Car Museum of Iowa
  • Group rates available

Plum Grove Hours

  • Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend: Wednesday-Sunday - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • After Labor Day Weekend to October 31st: Saturday-Sunday - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Free admission
  • To arrange a group tour please call (319) 351-5738 or email at least two business days in advance.

Schoolhouse Hours

  • Open hours every Saturday from 3:00pm - 5:00pm. Also available by appointment.
  • Please call (319) 351-5738 at least two business days in advance to schedule a tour.

Poor Farm Hours

  • Open by appointment only.
  • Please call (319) 351-5738 at least two business days in advance to schedule a tour.

Coralville Old Town Hall Hours

  • Open hours every Saturday from 3:00pm - 5:00pm. Also available by appointment.
  • Please call (319) 351-5738 at least two business days in advance to schedule a tour.