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!
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.
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
Activities will be at 3 main interest points all connected by a free narrated bus ride provided by Iowa City Transit:
1.) Plum Grove Historic Site (1030 Carroll St.) 10-5 pm Enjoy free tours of the Plum Grove Historic Home provided by Johnson County Historical Society. Master Gardeners will show both the vegetable and flower gardens, each part of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens. The new state-of- the-art Iowa History 101 Mobile Museum from the State Historical Society will also be on site to visit for free.
2.) Iowa City Assembly of God Church (1330 Keokuk St.) 1-5 pm Stop by the Iowa City Assembly of God Church parking lot for free bouncy houses, dunk tank, refreshments, and other family activities. Pony rides will be available for $3.00.
3.) Yewell Street Art Market (Yewell St.) 1-5 pm Named for Iowa City’s original artist George H. Yewell, the street will feature art vendors, local art history presentations and kid activities. The street also features the Moffitt houses, where several well-known artists lived.
Project GREEN Garden Tour 10-3 pm The neighborhood will also host the Project GREEN Garden Tour Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tour includes eight lovely gardens, with the Plum Grove Historic Home and Gardens as the anchor. Tickets are available for $5 at any of the featured homes; entry for children 10 and younger is free. Walk, bicycle or ride the free history shuttle (mentioned above) between the garden locations. ... See MoreSee Less
As part of the Lucas farms History Day festivities, the Yewell Street Art Fair will feature work from neighborhood creators as well as live music. Additionally, University of Iowa Museum of Art Assistant Curator Vero Rose Smith will present information about historic Iowa City artist George Henry Yewell, after whom the street was named.
Yewell Street Art FairJun 25, 1:00pmYewell St, Iowa City, IA 52240, United StatesCelebrate and support local artists! Part of the @[1443509602325989:844:Lucas farms History Day] festivities, this local arts fair will feature work from neighborhood creators as well as live music. Additionally, @[104649000318:274:University of Iowa Museum of Art] Assistant Curator Vero Rose Smith will present information about historic Iowa City artist George Henry Yewell, after whom the street was named.
This research was made possible by the University of Iowa Museum of Art Legacies for Iowa: A Collections-Sharing Project, Supported by the Matthew Bucksbaum Family.... See MoreSee Less
That's a wrap on our Saving Brinton World Premiere extravaganza—an amazing weekend at AFI Docs! Two sold-out shows, hundreds of enthusiastic cinephiles and documentary lovers, hand-cranked movies in the lobby, so many wonderful new friends, great initial reviews and Brinton's name back in lights after over 100 years. Enjoy some photos from the weekend while we get some rest. ... See MoreSee Less