Tag: Fall Event

Events from September to November.

2019 Cemetery Walk

Every year, somewhere in Johnson County, spirits from the Other Side wander over to the Land of the Living. Why are they here? Are they trying to tell us something? Come over to the East Union Mennonite Cemetery to find out! Tours are every half hour.

Laurie Taylor is giving headstone symbology tours again this year! The JCHS is eager to welcome her back. Stay tuned to the page for information on when and where to meet.

 

Photo by Bill Miller

 

Parking and restrooms will be available at the East Union Mennonite Church. Treats and apple cider will be available too!

 

 

 

 

 

It’s recommended you bring a flashlight to this event. There will be a handful available to those who don’t have one, but they won’t be enough for everyone!

 

 

 

We have met our quota of actors for this event! If there are any more people out there who are interested in being a tour guide, please email programs@johnsoncountyhistory.org or call (319) 351-5738. The responsibilities of a tour guide are very simple. Guide a group of people to the next spirit? Easy!

Cemetery Walk—POSTPONED until the 21st

Postponement: Due to the weather and how it has affected the cemetery, the 2018 Cemetery Walk has been postponed until the 21st of October.

The Cemetery Walk is the perfect time to stretch your legs and learn about some little-known history of Johnson County. During this yearly event, visitors tour a Johnson Co. cemetery and learn the ins and outs of the lives of a select group of people who are buried there. This year’s Walk will be held at Ridgewood Cemetery in North Liberty. Tours start every 30 minutes.

Please note:

  • Bring a flashlight! Lights will be at every grave and with every tour guide, but the majority of this event is held after dark and the light you’ll have to see by is the light you bring.
  • The closest public restroom to the grave is the McDonald’s located at 675 Pacha Pkwy (about a four minute drive or 30 minute walk from the cemetery).
  • The last tour will be at 7:30 p.m.

An additional tour will be offered by local Grave Topics instructor Laurie Taylor. She will be speaking on headstone symbols. The tour will run throughout the night. It’s 15-20 minutes long and will start at the old cemetery gate at the top of the hill.


Volunteers Needed: If you’d like to volunteer as a Tour Guide, please email the Event Planner at programs@johnsoncountyhistory.org to volunteer or if you have any questions. Your duties would be simple: guide a tour group from grave to grave.

Hudson’s Community Night

Eat at Hudson’s on Wednesday the 10th and help keep Johnson County history alive! 10% of all proceeds will go to help the JCHS with collections care, event expenses, and other necessary costs of doing business. Thank you, Johnson County community, for your help and support.

Oakdale Sanatorium Lecture

Kathy Fait presents her collected research on Oakdale Sanatorium. Learn about the history of medical knowledge and care in the 20th century. Specifically, as it applies to tuberculosis—a leading cause of death for the past 100+ years. Our presenter will touch on the history of Oakdale Sanatorium, the history of TB and its care, and the Oakdale community which was built around the care of TB patients.

Celebration of History

Join Johnson County Historical Society for our “Celebration of History” fundraiser at the Coralville Marriott & Convention Center.

Enjoy a delightful afternoon which will include a silent auction starting at 12:00 pm, with lunch starting at 12:30 pm. Monticello author Douglas Monk will present “Iowa’s First Highway: On the Trail with Dillon Lyman,” a presentation sharing the story of Dillon’s travels from Iowa City to Dubuque, Iowa. In 2008, Monk spent six days walking the same route that Lyman Dillon plowed between Dubuque and Iowa City in 1839. While on this historic trail, Monk gathered information for his book which will be available for purchase, On the Trail of Lyman Dillon. The Johnson County Historical Society will also recognize the 2017 Irving Weber Award recipient, Margaret Probasco. The Irving Weber Award is conferred by the Johnson County Historical Society in recognition of distinguished contribution to the research, writing, or preservation of Johnson County history.

Register for this event here or call JCHS 319-351-5738. The cost for this event is $45 for JCHS members, $50 for non-members. All proceeds go toward the preservation and interpretation of Johnson County history. The Johnson County Historical Society is thankful for the generous sponsorship from Eldon C. Stutsman Inc. and Iowa Office Services.

SOLD OUT- Haunted Happenings Oct. 26th: Downtown Iowa City

Join Johnson County Historical Society for a night of haunted happenings in Downtown Iowa City. This walking tour will share the ghostly stories of 4 locations within Iowa City’s Downtown District. The walk is 1.4 miles and each tour is estimated to run about an hour. There will be two tours every half hour starting at Old Brick, 26 E Market St. First tour starts at 6:00 pm, last one will depart at 7:30. Tours are limited to 18 in a group and you must make reservations to attend this event. Click the link below to reserve your spot before all the time slots are filled! Come experience history in a whole new way at the most mysterious time of the year. This event is open to the public with a suggested $5 donation. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time.

What guests need to know:

We hope you are looking forward to Haunted Happenings: Downtown Iowa City as much as we are! It’s going to be fantastic. Below are some notes to keep in mind. Please read the following in its entirety, and contact alyssa@johnsoncountyhistory.org with any questions or concerns. Thanks!

Arriving: Please arrive at Old Brick (26 E. Market St.) 15-20 minutes prior to your tour time. There will be a registration table for you to check-in at upon your arrival. Tours will depart at the exact scheduled time to avoid any delay in this event.

Parking: Parking is available at several parking ramps or on-street parking.
Parking Ramps:
• IMU Parking Ramp (closest) – N Madison St,
• North Hall Parking Ramp – North end of Madison St.
• Iowa City Parking – 335 Iowa Ave.
• Tower Parking – 1 S Gilbert St.

Cancellation: If you cannot attend this event, please notify Alyssa at alyssa@johnsoncountyhistory.org. This will let us know not to wait for you to arrive and could allow us to fill that spot on the tour.

We want everyone to enjoy this registered event. If you notice individuals trying to join your tour, please notify your tour guide.

We are here for you! If you have any questions or concerns please ask a JCHS staff member or volunteer — we will be identified by name tags.

Payment: There is a suggested $5 donation per person for this event. All proceeds go toward future events and the preservation and interpretation of Johnson County history. For those that have yet to pay, there are three payment options:

-Pay via Paypal here: https://johnsoncountyhistory.org/donate
-Mail a check to Johnson County Historical Society PO Box 5081 Coralville, Iowa 52241
-Pay the day of the event
*Please include Haunted Happenings in memo line

SOLD OUT Haunted Happenings: Downtown Iowa City

Join Johnson County Historical Society for a night of haunted happenings in Downtown Iowa City. This walking tour will share the ghostly stories of 4 locations within Iowa City’s Downtown District. The walk is 1.4 miles and each tour is estimated to run about an hour. There will be two tours every half hour starting at Old Brick, 26 E Market St. First tour starts at 6:00 pm, last one will depart at 8:30. Tours are limited to 15 in a group and you must make reservations to attend this event. Click the link below to reserve your spot before all the time slots are filled! Come experience history in a whole new way at the most mysterious time of the year. This event is open to the public with a suggested $5 donation.

Registration link: SOLD OUT

What guests need to know:

We hope you are looking forward to Haunted Happenings: Downtown Iowa City as much as we are! It’s going to be fantastic. Below are some notes to keep in mind. Please read the following in its entirety, and contact alyssa@johnsoncountyhistory.org with any questions or concerns.

Arriving: Please arrive at Old Brick (26 E. Market St.) 15-20 minutes prior to your tour time. There will be a registration table for you to check-in at upon your arrival. Tours will depart at the exact scheduled time to avoid any delay in this event.

Parking: Parking is available at several parking ramps or on-street parking. Meter parking is free on Sundays!
Parking Ramps:
• IMU Parking Ramp (closest) – N Madison St,
• North Hall Parking Ramp – North end of Madison St.
• Iowa City Parking – 335 Iowa Ave.
• Tower Parking – 1 S Gilbert St.

Cancellation: If you cannot attend this event, please notify Alyssa at alyssa@johnsoncountyhistory.org. This will let us know not to wait for you to arrive and could allow us to fill that spot on the tour.

We want everyone to enjoy this registered event. If you notice individuals trying to join your tour, please notify your tour guide.

We are here for you! If you have any questions or concerns please ask a JCHS staff member or volunteer — we will be identified by name tags.

Payment: There is a suggested $5 donation per person for this event. All proceeds go toward future events and the preservation and interpretation of Johnson County history. For those that have yet to pay, there are three payment options:
-Pay via Paypal here: https://johnsoncountyhistory.org/donate
-Mail a check to Johnson County Historical Society PO Box 5081 Coralville, Iowa 52241
-Pay the day of the event
*Please include Haunted Happenings in memo line

Pumpkin Carving Party

Please join Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO) on Saturday, October 21st from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Johnson County Poor Farm (located near Chatham Oaks) for our Annual Pumpkin Carving Event. We have plenty of carving kits, paint, pumpkin patterns, and supplies. Bring your own pumpkin or carve one of ours!

Before we can have pumpkins, we need to remember that the plants’ roots need to eat first! And what they’re eating is … THE SOIL! Come and have fun exploring compost and checking out the “Worm Wagon”.

For this event, we are partnering with Grow: Johnson County, the Johnson County Historical Society, and the City of Iowa City. Sponsors include New Pioneer Co-Op and Wilson’s Orchard.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 AM and we will have some hot apple cider and roasted pumpkin seeds to share!

Participants should dress to get muddy. Dress in layers and be prepared for a range of weather conditions. Bring a hat, work gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellant, drinking water, and any other items you may need to be comfortable in the outdoors. Participants are encouraged to bring a digital camera and/or binoculars.

Please help us reduce waste by bringing a water bottle, plates, silverware and other lunch items. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. Advance registration is requested, but not required. Questions about the event can be directed to TAKO Executive Director, Judy Joyce at (319)-358-2542 or by e-mail at judy@takeakidoutoors.org . 

Beyond the Grave: 2017 Cemetery Walk

Take a guided walk among the tombstones and meet some of Johnson County’s former residents during Johnson County Historical Society’s Beyond the Grave: 2017 Cemetery Walk on Sunday October 15, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm, pm at Old St. Joseph Cemetery located in Iowa City, Iowa. Emerging from the night in period costume, actors will tell the tales of individuals buried at Old St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitors will learn about important Iowa City citizens and enjoy refreshments at Happy Hollow Park.

Tours of Old St. Joseph Cemetery will depart every 30 minutes from Happy Hollow Park, 800 Brown St, Iowa City, IA. Parking is available at this location.

The cemetery walk is a free event, open to the public. Donations are appreciated. Lensing Funeral & Cremation is the sponsor of this year’s event. If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact JCHS at 351-5738 or email alyssa@johnsoncountyhistory.org.

Exhibition Opening: Street View: Downtown Iowa City, Then and Now

 

Johnson County Historical Society invites you to attend the unveiling of a new photography exhibition titled “Street View: Downtown Iowa City, Then and Now”. This exhibition 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 have been recreated over the past several months by local photographer, Rubin Flores. JCHS will display these street scenes along with period artifacts. The side-by- side views will encourage visitors to compare the buildings and businesses of downtown Iowa City “then and “now.”
 
Special thanks to our sponsors: University Camera, Zephyr Printing & Design, Herteen & Stocker Jewelers, and McDonald Optical.
 
The exhibition opening will begin at 3 pm, following the Irving Weber Award Ceremony. Introductory remarks by local historian Rex Brandstatter.
This event is free and open to the public.

 

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