• 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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  • 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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  • Picnic at Plum Grove

    Learn about Iowa history while touring Plum Grove Historic Home. Play some pioneer lawn games and savor a snack provided by the Historic Foodies of Iowa City.

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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 and open for tours by appointment. Please contact us at least two business days in advance for tours.

     

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  • 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 business days in advance.

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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.

    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

Tomorrow is Lucas farms History Day! Below is information about the event.

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.
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Tomorrow is Lucas farms History Day! Below is information about the event.

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.

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.
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Yewell Street Art Fair

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

Upcoming Events

Tue 27

Summer Camp: Fossils, Flowers, Birds, and Beyond

June 26 @ 1:00 pm - June 30 @ 5:00 pm
Jul 02
Jul 24

JCHS at the 2017 Johnson County Fair

July 24 @ 12:00 am - July 27 @ 12:00 am
Jul 30

Picnic at Plum Grove

July 30 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Aug 12

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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.