• Iowa History 101 Mobile Museum will visit Plum Grove Historic Home!

    The Iowa History 101 mobile museum will stop at Plum Grove Historic Home on June 21st to the 25th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

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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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  • 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.

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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.

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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

Follow Us

The Johnson County Historical Society will be hosting the organization’s annual Plum Grove Season Opening this Sunday starting at 1pm at the Plum Grove Historic House in Iowa City.

Visitors will explore the home of Iowa’s first Territorial Governor, view Plum Grove’s vegetable and flower gardens, enjoy treats provided by the Historic Foodies of Iowa City and can even partake in a 19th-century style game of American cricket. The event is free and open to the public! #IowaHistory
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Iowa History 101 Mobile Museum will visit Plum Grove Historic Home!

Iowans share a fascination with being Iowan. But what does it really mean to be Iowan? Individuals will have a chance to explore the history of Iowans at home, work and play when visiting The Iowa History 101 mobile museum provided by the State Historical Society of Iowa. This mobile exhibit, which unpacks the stories of Iowa’s past with dozens of artifacts from the State Historical Museum of Iowa’s collection, will stop at Plum Grove Historic Home on June 21st to the 25th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The Plum Grove Historic Home was built by Iowa’s first Territorial Governor, Robert Lucas and his wife, Friendly. The 1844 home is located at 1030 Carroll Street in Iowa City, Iowa and will be open for visitors to tour and explore life on the Iowa frontier.

Iowa History 101 Mobile MuseumJun 21, 1:00pmPlum Grove Historic HouseIowa History 101 Mobile Museum will visit Plum Grove Historic Home!

Iowans share a fascination with being Iowan. But what does it really mean to be Iowan? Individuals will have a chance to explore the history of Iowans at home, work and play when visiting The Iowa History 101 mobile museum provided by the State Historical Society of Iowa. This mobile exhibit, which unpacks the stories of Iowa’s past with dozens of artifacts from the State Historical Museum of Iowa’s collection, will stop at Plum Grove Historic Home on June 21st to the 25th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The Plum Grove Historic Home was built by Iowa’s first Territorial Governor, Robert Lucas and his wife, Friendly. The 1844 home is located at 1030 Carroll Street in Iowa City, Iowa and will be open for visitors to tour and explore life on the Iowa frontier.
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Iowa History 101 Mobile Museum

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Johnson County Historical Society

The natural history of Johnson County and the whole of Iowa-Cedar Rivers corridor plays an important role in who we are now as communities and why the land has been home to people for thousands of years. Secretary of Bur Oak Land Trust, Steve Schomberg, will be discussing options for protecting land, benefits associated with land protection, and the opportunities for enjoying and conserving Iowa's natural heritage.

Eastern Iowa is home to a rich diversity of native plant and animal species. Protecting and conserving the natural areas where wild life thrive is important for knowing about the past and for enjoying natural beauty into the future. Bur Oak Land Trust is a non-profit 501(c)3 whose mission is to protect and conserve the natural areas of Johnson and surrounding counties for future generations.

Iowa's Natural History- Program by Bur Oak Land TrustJun 4, 2:00pmJohnson County Historical SocietyThe natural history of Johnson County and the whole of Iowa-Cedar Rivers corridor plays an important role in who we are now as communities and why the land has been home to people for thousands of years. Secretary of Bur Oak Land Trust, Steve Schomberg, will be discussing options for protecting land, benefits associated with land protection, and the opportunities for enjoying and conserving Iowa's natural heritage.

Eastern Iowa is home to a rich diversity of native plant and animal species. Protecting and conserving the natural areas where wild life thrive is important for knowing about the past and for enjoying natural beauty into the future. Bur Oak Land Trust is a non-profit 501(c)3 whose mission is to protect and conserve the natural areas of Johnson and surrounding counties for future generations.
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Iowas Natural History- Program by Bur Oak Land Trust

Upcoming Events

Sun 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
Jun 21

Iowa History 101 Mobile Museum

June 21 @ 1:00 pm - June 25 @ 5:00 pm
Jun 26

Summer Camp: Fossils, Flowers, Birds, and Beyond

June 26 @ 1:00 pm - June 30 @ 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.