• 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 it’s new location — 407 5th Street!

    Available for event rentals and 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. Now open for the season!

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  • 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse

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

    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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The answer is “c.” Louis Agassiz, a Harvard University zoologist, gave a lecture entitled “The Coral Reefs of Iowa City” which increased interest in the corals. The other answers are made-up choices which I thought sounded plausible.

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Heard about it? I live in it! Czech.

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After Lj's comment, who could say anything but "b"? :) Yes, the answer is "b." Germans and the Dutch are the two major groups who immigrated to Iowa through the years. Although, Germans outweigh everybody else.

Germans also lived throughout the northside and Goosetown's borders are fluid. It never was 100% Czech.

If you drive on Jefferson St you still see the metal signs with Goosetown.

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Upcoming Events

Sun 22

Earth Day Celebration (JCHS Activities)

April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Poor Farm & Asylum
Iowa City
Jun 13

Hudson’s Community Night

June 13 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hudson’s Tap
Iowa City
Jun 18

Little School on the Prairie Summer Camp 2018

June 18 @ 1:00 pm - June 22 @ 5:00 pm
Jun 19

Little School on the Prairie Summer Camp 2018

June 19 @ 1:00 pm - June 23 @ 5:00 pm

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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 Historic Home
  • 1030 Carroll Street
  • Iowa City, IA 52240

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.
  • 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse
  • 310 5th Street,
  • Coralville, IA 52241

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.
  • Johnson County Historic Poor Farm
  • West of 4515 Melrose Avenue
  • Iowa City, IA 52246

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
  • 407 5th St
  • Coralville, IA 52241

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.