Special Exhibits

Olin’s Musical Box Collection

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

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, as avid collectors themselves. 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 local photographer, Rubin Flores. The side-by- side views will encourage visitors to compare the buildings and businesses of downtown Iowa City