• Join JCHS in celebration of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday!

    Learn about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life through the artifacts in her suitcase!

    Funding provided by:

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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!

    Become a member

  • Coralville Old Town Hall

    Now in it’s new location — 407 5th Street!

    Available for event rentals as well as open for tours by appointment.

     

    Visit

  • 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse

    1876 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 days in advance.

    Visit

  • Johnson County Poor Farm & Asylum

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

    Please contact us at least two days in advance.

    Visit

  • Plum Grove Historic Home

    Visit the home of Robert Lucas, the first Territorial Governor of Iowa.

    Visit

  • Be A Guest of the Past

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

    Find Out More

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!


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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2017 marks Laura Ingalls Wilder's 150th birthday! Learn about Wilder's life at JCHS's "Packing Up" event presented by Sarah Uthoff, President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association.

Date: May 7th
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: JCHS Museum, 860 Quarry Rd, Coralville
This event is free and open the public. Funding provided by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

#LauraIngallsWilder #Iowahistory #aroundIowa
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2017 marks Laura Ingalls Wilders 150th birthday! Learn about Wilders life at JCHSs Packing Up event presented by Sarah Uthoff, President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. 

Date: May 7th
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: JCHS Museum, 860 Quarry Rd, Coralville
This event is free and open the public. Funding provided by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

#LauraIngallsWilder #Iowahistory #aroundIowa

Plum Grove Historic Home needs volunteers/interns to conduct tours for visitors of the 1844-53 period home. Interested people should be able to serve at least two afternoons a month from May through October. Hours of operation are Wednesday-Sunday from 1 pm-5 pm. Training will be provided.

Serving as a Plum Grove Interpreter is an exciting opportunity to meet people and become involved with an important community landmark while at the same time explore the way of life of another era.

If you are interested in becoming a Plum Grove Interpreter and would like more information, please call Alex at the Johnson County Historical Society at 351-5738 or e-mail alexandra@johnsoncountyhistory.org.
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Plum Grove Historic Home needs volunteers/interns to conduct tours for visitors of the 1844-53 period home. Interested people should be able to serve at least two afternoons a month from May through October.  Hours of operation are Wednesday-Sunday from 1 pm-5 pm. Training will be provided.   

Serving as a Plum Grove Interpreter is an exciting opportunity to meet people and become involved with an important community landmark while at the same time explore the way of life of another era. 

If you are interested in becoming a Plum Grove Interpreter and would like more information, please call Alex at the Johnson County Historical Society at 351-5738 or e-mail alexandra@johnsoncountyhistory.org.

Upcoming Events

May 19

Brinton Silent Film Project

May 19 @ 8:00 pm
Englert Theatre
Iowa City
May 28

Plum Grove Season Opening

May 28 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jun 12

Summer Camp: Little School on the Prairie

June 12 @ 1:00 pm - June 16 @ 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 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 days in advance.

Schoolhouse Hours

  • Open by appointment only.
  • Please call (319) 351-5738 at least two days in advance to schedule a tour.
  • Johnson County Poor Farm and Asylum
  • West of 4515 Melrose Avenue
  • Iowa City, IA 52246

Poor Farm Hours

  • Open by appointment only.
  • Please call (319) 351-5738 at least two days in advance to schedule a tour.
  • Coralville Old Town Hall
  • 407 5th St
  • Coralville, IA 52241

Coralville Old Town Hall Hours

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