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April 2020

Event POSTPONED: East Frisian Tea Party and Musicale

April 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Johnson County Historical Society Museum, 860 Quarry Rd.
Coralville, IA 52241 United States
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UPDATE: This event has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. More information will follow when possible. This annual event will feature delicious German food researched and provided by the Iowa City Historic Foodies. East Frisia, a cultural region that spans northwestern Germany, has a particular style of drinking tea that is recognized by UNESCO as part of Germany's Intangible Cultural Heritage. The musicale will commence after the meal and will include lively music performed by a range of musicians,…

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Event POSTPONED: Atlases, Maps, and More: The Melchoir Huebinger Lecture

April 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Johnson County Historical Society Museum, 860 Quarry Rd.
Coralville, IA 52241 United States
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UPDATE: This event has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. More information will follow when possible. This lecture, presented by Mike Flaherty, will provide a wealth of information about Melchoir Huebinger and his creation of the first Iowa road atlas. Melchoir Huebinger worked as a cartographer in the later part of the 1800s and the early 1900s. His work helped convince the nation that Iowa had "stepped out of the mud" and had new, modern paved roads. Huebinger and…

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May 2020

Plum Grove Season Opening Celebration

May 24 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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This event is the perfect opportunity for families to get out of the house over the long Memorial Day weekend. Kids can burn off some energy making crafts and running around the beautiful yards of Plum Grove; adults can savor the relaxing atmosphere and participate in activities that are designed with them in mind (visit this page periodically to stay updated about the activities and special guests that will be featured at this event).

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June 2020

Using Archaeology to Follow Meskwaki Leaders across Pre-Statehood Iowa

June 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Johnson County Historical Society Museum, 860 Quarry Rd.
Coralville, IA 52241 United States
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Cindy Peterson shares the stories and artifacts that uncover the history of Meskwaki migrations in the early 1800s. She'll use her 20+ years of research and first-hand experience in the field of archaeology to bring to life the culture, ideas, and implications of the Meskwaki's migrations westward---moves that were sometimes chosen for themselves and other times imposed by the U.S. government under the pretense of political treaties. The University of Iowa’s Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) investigated several sites…

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Lucas Farms History Day (JCHS Activities)

June 28 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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Notice: Activities have switched from the 27th! The Lucas Farms History Day is a festival just south of downtown Iowa City. Easily accessible, the festival includes free food, games, and much more! This event is part of a summer series highlighting the Meskwaki Nation and their history in Eastern Iowa. As a part of the Lucas Farms Neighborhood, the JCHS is happy to welcome the John Hauberg Indian Museum to Plum Grove. The Hauberg will provide activities for people of…

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July 2020

Taste of Plum Grove

July 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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Celebrating 25 years of the Heritage Gardens! The annual celebration, hosted by the Johnson County Master Gardeners, is a tribute to Iowa’s history and food. Built in 1844, Plum Grove was the home of Robert and Friendly Lucas. Robert served as the first governor of the Territory of Iowa from 1838 until 1841. Iowa was admitted to the Union as a state December 3, 1846. After years of negotiating with the Johnson County Historical Society that cares for the property,…

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August 2020

Tomato Taste at Plum Grove

August 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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The public is invited to sample tomatoes at the annual Tomato Taste at Plum Grove, hosted by the Master Gardeners of Johnson County. The Tomato Taste is a tribute to heritage tomatoes in Iowa’s long history with food. Several varieties of heritage tomatoes will be sampled. The historic residence was the home of Robert and Friendly Lucas, built in 1844. Robert served as the first governor of the Territory of Iowa from 1838 until 1841. Iowa was admitted to the…

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