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 his company, the Iowa Publishing Co., were features at the Chicago and St. Louis World Fairs.
Mike will show off part of his collection of rare maps and atlases during this event.
This event is free and open to the public.
Melchior Huebinger’s employees hard at work!
This annual event will feature delicious German food researched and provided by the Iowa City Historic Foodies. East Frisia, a cultural region that spans northeastern 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, both instrumental and vocal. This year celebrates anniversaries of Iowa City staples: the Preucil School of Music and the University of Iowa’s Division of Performing Arts. German composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday is also being celebrated with the East Frisian theme and the classical selection of music being performed at the musicale.
To register for this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at (319) 351-5738. Cost of admission is $30 for members and $35 for the general public.
Frank Yoder presents his new book All In One Room: A History of Country Schools in Johnson County,
Iowa. This book is a culmination of five years of hard work and dedication. All In One Room is a history of the country schools in Johnson County, but it is also the history of the children and teachers who made up these schools. Visit the Iowa City Public Library on May 29th to discover your history!
This event is free and open to the public as a part of the Iowa City Public Library’s Weber Days.
Looking for something fun to do with the family this Memorial Day weekend? Get out of the house and get to the Season Opening Celebration at Plum Grove! Family-friendly activities will engage children and adults of any age.
This event will be riddled with clues to the past! Follow the clues around beautiful Plum Grove to learn fun (and sometimes crazy) facts about the Lucases, their home, and their life together.
RIDDLE COMPETITION! Submit your favorite riddles on the form provided by JCHS. Submit the riddles by 5 p.m. The JCHS’s favorites will be published on our Facebook page and our next newsletter!
The Master Gardeners will be giving tours of the 1840-era gardens that produce beautiful blooms every year. Visit Plum Grove and tour Friendly Lucas’ Flower Garden, Wildflower Garden, and Kitchen Garden.
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 email@example.com with the following information: how many attending, membership status of all attendees, any known food allergies.
The Season Opening of Plum Grove will feature the talents of many Johnson County locals: a spinner from the Amana Colonies, weavers from the Craft Guild of Iowa City, a local Civl War historian, and a scholar of the Littleton Brothers. Come to Plum Grove to make crafts, use a table loom, and learn about Iowa City’s local history before, during, and after the Civil War.
The Picnic at Plum Grove is from 2-4 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring a sack lunch to enjoy on Plum Grove’s beautiful back lawn. Samples of 1800’s food will be provided by the Historic Foodies of Iowa City.
This event is free and open to the public.
As part of the larger Iowa City Earth Day Celebration, JCHS will be giving open house-style tours of the Poor Farm and Asylum from 2-5 p.m. Why were there farms associated with the poor? Come to the Poor Farm to learn about how poor people, mentally and physically disabled people, headstrong women “who read,” and other disenfranchised groups were treated in the 1800s and beyond.
Join JCHS for our annual tea party! This year’s tea is celebrating the 2nd largest demographic in Johnson County and the thousands of Chinese and Chinese Americans who have chosen JC as their home. This event will feature a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, a local erhu musician, and traditional dim sum made by the Historic Foodies of Iowa City.
$25 for members and $30 for non-members. Call (319) 351-5738 for more information or to make a reservation.
Join us in celebrating this year’s season opening of Plum Grove Historic Home! Visitors will explore the home of Iowa’s first Territorial Governor, view Plum Grove’s vegetable and flower gardens, and enjoy treats provided by the Historic Foodies of Iowa City.
“PLAY BALL!” the early Iowa way: Participants at this year’s Plum Grove Season Opening will also have an opportunity to partake in a 19th-century style game of American cricket. Historian Tom Melville will conduct short, informal cricket games from 1:00 to 4:30. The games will be run on a continuous walkup basis during that time and are open to all. No experience required! Come and discover what “play ball” meant to the people of Iowa!
This event is free and open to the public. Questions? Call 319-351-5738.
The Brinton Silent Film Project features Red Cedar Trio members, flutist Jan Boland, guitarist John Dowdall and cellist Carey Bostian, performing live to accompany an exceptionally rare and unique collection of silent films from 1895-1908. Film owner and historian Michael Zahs will also provide a historical narration about the films.
The concert features music by Harvey Sollberger, which accompanies four of the films. Arrangements by Boland and Dowdall and music from Red Cedar Chamber Music’s repertory complement the remaining 18 silent films, ranging in length from 10 seconds to 10 minutes. The films include comedy, drama, special effects, foreign scenes and magic by Georges Méliès, whose life story was featured in the film Hugo. The Brinton Silent Film Project allows audiences to experience films as they were seen in the early 1900s.
Tickets are $22 for Adults, $18 for Members of Johnson County Historical Society, Friends of the Englert, and FilmScene Members, and $16 for Seniors, Students, and Youth. Purchase tickets at the Englert Box Office or Online.
This event is presented by Johnson County Historical Society, FilmScene, and The Englert Theatre. Sponsored by University of Iowa Community Credit Union.