• Community Night at Hudson’s

    Enjoy a meal at Hudson’s while supporting the Johnson County Historical Society! A portion of the proceeds will go towards Johnson County Historical Society’s efforts to educate, preserve, and interpret Johnson County’s history.

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  • 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 Poor Farm & Asylum

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

    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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Iowa City native William Hohenschuh was considered the “best funeral director in America”. He became nationally known for his work in funeral direction, embalming, and mortuary education.

Come visit JCHS's new temporary exhibition "William Hohenschuh: Father of the Funeral Profession". A huge thank you to Michael Lensing, owner of Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, for loaning all artifacts featured in this exhibit.
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Iowa City native William Hohenschuh was considered the “best funeral director in America”. He became nationally known for his work in funeral direction, embalming, and mortuary education. 

Come visit JCHSs new temporary exhibition William Hohenschuh: Father of the Funeral Profession. A huge thank you to Michael Lensing, owner of  Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, for loaning all artifacts featured in this exhibit.

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Pumpkin PartyOct 21, 11:00amGrow: Johnson CountyPlease join Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO) on Saturday, October 21st from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Johnson County Poor Farm (located near Chatham Oaks) for our Annual Pumpkin Carving Event. We have plenty of carving kits, paint, pumpkin patterns, and supplies. Bring your own pumpkin or carve one of ours!

Before we can have pumpkins, we need to remember that the plants' roots need to eat first! And what they're eating is ... THE SOIL! Come and have fun exploring compost and checking out the “Worm Wagon”.

For this event, we are partnering with Grow: Johnson County the Johnson County Historical Society and the City of Iowa City. Sponsors include New Pi and Wilson’s Orchard.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 AM and we will have some hot apple cider and roasted pumpkin seeds to share!

Participants should dress to get muddy. Dress in layers and be prepared for a range of weather conditions. Bring a hat, work gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellant, drinking water, and any other items you may need to be comfortable in the outdoors. Participants are encouraged to bring a digital camera and/or binoculars.

Please help us reduce waste by bringing a water bottle, plates, silverware and other lunch items. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. Advance registration is requested, but not required. Questions about the event can be directed to TAKO Executive Director, Judy Joyce at (319)-358-2542 or by e-mail at judy@takeakidoutoors.org .
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Show your support for Johnson County Historical Society by taking part in Community Night at Hudson’s Tap in Iowa City on October 11th! A portion of the proceeds will go towards Johnson County Historical Society’s efforts to educate, preserve, and interpret Johnson County’s history.

Hudson’s Tap is a neighborhood bar and restaurant on the southwest side of Iowa City. It is locally owned with a 100% made from scratch menu and 40 beers on tap! Come enjoy a meal at Hudson’s while supporting a local organization!

Community Night at Hudson's TapOct 11, 5:00pmHudson'sShow your support for Johnson County Historical Society by taking part in Community Night at Hudson’s Tap in Iowa City on October 11th! A portion of the proceeds will go towards Johnson County Historical Society’s efforts to educate, preserve, and interpret Johnson County’s history.

Hudson’s Tap is a neighborhood bar and restaurant on the southwest side of Iowa City. It is locally owned with a 100% made from scratch menu and 40 beers on tap! Come enjoy a meal at Hudson’s while supporting a local organization!
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Upcoming Events

Oct 11

Community Night at Hudson’s Tap

October 11 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hudson’s Tap
Iowa City
Oct 15

Beyond the Grave: 2017 Cemetery Walk

October 15 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Happy Hollow Park
Iowa City
Oct 21

Pumpkin Carving Party

October 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Poor Farm & Asylum
Iowa City
Oct 22

SOLD OUT Haunted Happenings: Downtown Iowa City

October 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Old Brick
Iowa City
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September 21, 2020 @ 8:00 am
Old Brick
Iowa City

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