Special Exhibits

Olin’s Musical Box Collection

Olin's Music Box Collection    Olin's Music Box Collection

As avid collectors, Mrs. Bertha Olin and Dr. William Olin Sr. have been longtime supporters of the Johnson County Historical Society and the preservation of their community’s history. Part of their music box collection was donated on temporary loan to view at the Johnson County Historical Society’s exhibit hall.

This exhibition can now be accessed online! Learn about the collection as you hear these machines play music. Visit: http://olinexhibit.wixsite.com/jchs.

Street View: Downtown Iowa City, Then and Now


“Street View: Downtown Iowa City, Then and Now” highlights images of the downtown area’s buildings and businesses from 1960 and 2016. The 1960s photographs were taken by an Iowa City firefighter and donated to JCHS by Rex Brandstatter. The scenes were recreated by Rubin Flores, a local photographer. The side-by-side views encourage visitors to compare the buildings and businesses of downtown Iowa City.


William Hohenschuh: Father of the Funeral Profession








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.

“William Hohenschuh: Father of the Funeral Profession” highlights Hohenschuh’s professional life and features several of his personal items including his embalming kit and funeral ledger. This exhibition also features a display focusing on funeral preparation. All artifacts courtesy of Michael Lensing and Vicki Lensing of Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service.