Tag: Food & Drink

Picnic at Plum Grove

All members of our community are welcome to bring a picnic meal and head to Plum Grove to bask in the beautiful scenery and pleasant company June 30th, July 28, August 28. Members of the Iowa City Historic Foodies will be present with tasty treats.

This event is free and open to the public.

Picnic at Plum Grove


Monthly summer picnics at Plum Grove that include:

  • Garden tours
  • Plum Grove tours
  • Historical lawn games

Pack a picnic and enjoy the charms of Plum Grove! Picnics will be held on:

  • June 26th
  • July 31st
  • August 28th
  • September 25th

Hudson Community Night

Hudson’s Tap on Highway 1 is giving 10% of their nightly proceeds to the JCHS and the further preservation of Johnson Co.’s history, culture, and irreplaceable artifacts.

Stop on by from 5-10 p.m. to eat delicious food (such as Housemade Hummus or their scrumptious Gravity burger with sauteed onions, bacon, green chilies, and jalapeno cream cheese) and drink any one of the 40 beers they have on tap.

Czech Tea Party—EVENT FULLY BOOKED, waiting list available

This year’s annual tea party is a Czech Tea! Come to this annual event to eat traditional Czech food, drink hearty amounts of tea, and learn about Czechs in Iowa from our guest speaker Marybeth Slonneger.

Sandra Hudson will share her personal journey of growing up in a Czech community where English was the second language…and explain why that changed dramatically around the time she was in 6th grade.

Vocalist Wayne Neuzil, who has sung in 34 operatic roles and has gained recognition for singing the national anthem for major league baseball clubs, including the New York Yankees and the Cubs, will sing two songs that have been translated into Czech.

$25 for members | $30 for non-members

Please RSVP at (319) 351-5738 or email programs@johnsoncountyhistory.org with the following information: how many attending, membership status of all attendees, any known food allergies.

Hudson’s Community Night

Show your support for the Johnson County Historical Society by taking part in Community Night at Hudson’s Tap in Iowa City on January 30th! A portion of the proceeds will go toward Johnson County Historical Society’s efforts to educate, preserve, and interpret Johnson County’s history.

Hudson’s Tap is a neighborhood bar and restaurant on the southwest side of Iowa City. It is locally owned with a 100% made-from-scratch menu and 40 beers on tap. Come enjoy a meal at Hudson’s while supporting a local organization!

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.

Tomato Taste at Plum Grove

Taste the luscious tomatoes that are grown and maintained by the Johnson County Master Gardeners. These sun-ripened tomatoes come straight from the historical 1850’s garden of Friendly Lucas, wife of Iowa’s first territorial governor.

Barn Tour: Western Johnson County

The annual Barn Tour is a half-day event spent touring Johnson County visiting old (and new!) barns. Learn the history of the barns and the farms on which they stand. Transportation is by hired motor coach and a catered lunch is provided. We have fun every year and we hope you’ll come out to join us!

To register for this event, please email admin@johnsoncountyhistory.org or call JCHS at (319) 351-5738. $40 for members; $45 for non-members.

This year’s lunch is provided by Catered by Charlotte. Each attendee will receive a box lunch including a sandwich, two sides, and a random dessert. Please make your choice of sandwich and two sides known when registering for this event. *Final food order must be in by August 3rd.*

Your choices are:
Five sandwich choices (choose one): Roast Beef, Veggie, Chicken Salad, Ham, or Turkey.

Three side choices (choose two): Fresh Fruit Salad, 3-Cheese Tortellini Salad, or Classic Potato Salad.

The motor coach will strive to leave from the JCHS museum (860 Quarry Rd., Coralville) at 8:00 a.m., but will leave no later than 8:30 a.m.

Picnic at Plum Grove

Pack a picnic and enjoy the charms of Plum Grove! Visitors are encouraged to bring a sack lunch to enjoy on Plum Grove’s beautiful back lawn.

Summer picnics at Plum Grove that include:

  • Garden tours
  • Plum Grove tours
  • Historical lawn games


Taste of Plum Grove

Eat the fruits of the Johnson County Master Gardeners’ labor. Sample an assortment of fruits, vegetables, and herbs from the 1850s historic garden of Friendly Lucas, wife of Gov. Robert Lucas.

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