Tag: Summer Event

Events from June to August.

CANCELLED: Tomato Taste at Plum Grove

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak. Look back next year for similar events!

The public is invited to sample tomatoes at the annual Tomato Taste at Plum Grove, hosted by the Master Gardeners of Johnson County. The Tomato Taste is a tribute to heritage tomatoes in Iowa’s long history with food.

Several varieties of heritage tomatoes will be sampled.

The historic residence was the home of Robert and Friendly Lucas, built in 1844. Robert served as the first governor of the Territory of Iowa from 1838 until 1841. Iowa was admitted to the Union as a state December 3, 1846.

After years of negotiating with the Johnson County Historical Society that cares for the property, longtime Master Gardener Betty Kelly launched the heritage garden in 1995 as the state planned Iowa’s Sesquicentennial. Kelly, who has researched the family including Friendly’s diaries and letters, and newspapers to identify what people were eating, says every effort is made to be authentic in the garden and for each tasting opportunity.

Master Gardeners plant and maintain several gardens at the historic property. Today, Plum Grove boasts three gardens: Kitchen Garden (1995), Flowers (1998), and a Wildflower Garden (2000).

This event is open to the public. Suggested donation is $3.

 

CANCELLED: Taste of Plum Grove

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak. Look back next year for similar events!

Celebrating 25 years of the Heritage Gardens!

The annual celebration, hosted by the Johnson County Master Gardeners, is a tribute to Iowa’s history and food.

Built in 1844, Plum Grove was the home of Robert and Friendly Lucas. Robert served as the first governor of the Territory of Iowa from 1838 until 1841. Iowa was admitted to the Union as a state December 3, 1846.

After years of negotiating with the Johnson County Historical Society that cares for the property, longtime Master Gardener Betty Kelly launched the garden in 1995 as the state planned Iowa’s Sesquicentennial. “The garden was another opportunity to inform the public about the state’s history, agriculture and its citizens.”

Through the years, Plum Grove heirloom gardens have received local, state and national recognition including the first Iowa State Service Award, National Smithsonian Garden Award and an Irving Weber Award. Twice Plum Grove has been a featured garden on the Project GREEN Garden Tour.

Each year, the food for the Taste is prepared and served by Johnson County Master Gardeners.

This event is open to the public. $5 suggested donation.

 

Lucas Farms History Day (JCHS Activities)

Notice: Activities have switched from the 27th!
The Lucas Farms History Day is a festival just south of downtown Iowa City. Easily accessible, the festival includes free food, games, and much more!

This event is part of a summer series highlighting the Meskwaki Nation and their history in Eastern Iowa. As a part of the Lucas Farms Neighborhood, the JCHS is happy to welcome the John Hauberg Indian Museum to Plum Grove. The Hauberg will provide activities for people of all ages and is a good source of information about the historical lives of Native people in Iowa.

Project GREEN will be at Plum Grove the 27th and 28th. They will give tours of local gardens in the beautiful Lucas Farms Neighborhood area! Project GREEN is a citizen-volunteer nonprofit organization that “invests in public landscaping projects and promotes environmental awareness in the greater Iowa City area.” —ProjectGREEN.org

POSTPONED: Using Archaeology to Follow Meskwaki Leaders across Pre-Statehood Iowa

UPDATE: This event has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. More information will follow when possible.

Cindy Peterson shares the stories and artifacts that uncover the history of Meskwaki migrations in the early 1800s. She’ll use her 20+ years of research and first-hand experience in the field of archaeology to bring to life the culture, ideas, and implications of the Meskwaki’s migrations westward—moves that were sometimes chosen for themselves and other times imposed by the U.S. government under the pretense of political treaties.

The University of Iowa’s Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) investigated several sites related to two important 1830s-1840s Meskwaki leaders: Chief Poweshiek and Chief Wacoshashe. Their villages moved from the Mississippi River to Rochester, Iowa City, the Coralville Reservoir, South Amana, the Skunk River, southwest Iowa, (possibly) Kansas, and finally, Tama County. While much remains to be discovered, a glimpse into village movements and layouts has been discerned through OSA’s archaeological work at trading posts, villages, winter camps, and a maple sugaring camp.

This event is free and open to the public.

Meskwaki woman at her winter dwelling. Photo courtesy State Historical Society of Iowa.


Cindy works at The Office of the State Archaeologist as their Research Director. Her research interests include:

Midcontinental Late Prehistoric traditions, archaeology and ethnographies of Iowa’s historic tribes, archeology of European immigrant groups to the Midcontinent, industrial archaeology, public participation in archaeology.

Office of the State Archaeologist

 

POSTPONED: Plum Grove Season Opening Celebration

UPDATE: This event has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. More information will follow when possible.

This event is the perfect opportunity for families to get out of the house over the long Memorial Day weekend. Kids can burn off some energy making crafts and running around the beautiful yards of Plum Grove; adults can savor the relaxing atmosphere and participate in activities that are designed with them in mind (visit this page periodically to stay updated about the activities and special guests that will be featured at this event).

Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa Book Signing and Lecture

Author Rachelle Chase (visit her website here) returns to the JCHS with her second book on Buxton: Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa. Buxton, IA was a place of racial inclusion in a time when our country was anything but.

Come to the JCHS’s Community Room this September to hear Rachelle Chase discuss her research into this one-of-a-kind town.

This event is free and open to the public.

 

 

 

 

 

“Extensively researched and pleasantly written, Chase covers all facets of daily life. Rare photographs augment her coverage of this unique Hawkeye State place.”
–H. Roger Grant, professor of history, Clemson University

 

Available now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Arcadia Publishing and more!

2019 Barn Tour

The annual Barn Tour is a yearly staple for Johnson County natives in the know. Barns around northern Johnson County are on our list to explore and experience in full! Don’t worry about the summer heat, the tour will travel in style in an air-conditioned motor coach. Lunch, catered by local Iowa City favorite The Cottage, is included in the price of admission.

To register for this event, please call JCHS at (319) 351-5738 OR email programs@johnsoncountyhistory.org with the following information: names of attendees, preferred phone number, how many attending, and membership status of all attendees. $40 for members; $45 for non-members. Please arrive to the JCHS museum (860 Quarry Rd., Coralville) 15 minutes early at 8:45 for check-in.

This year’s lunch is provided by The Cottage. The Cottage, located at the corner of Benton and Gilbert, is a local bakery, caterer, and deli. They will provide a pasta bar with a selection of three sauces for your enjoyment: meat marinara, vegetable marinara, and mushroom wine. Garlic bread, a fresh salad with strawberries, almonds, oranges and more, and a selection of fruit round out the meal. An assortment of The Cottage’s famous cookies will be offered for dessert.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact JCHS at (319) 351-5738 or email programs@johnsoncountyhistory.org.


This just in! Authoress Karlene Kingery will be present on the tour.

Iowa Barns: Yesterday and Today cover

Her book Iowa Barns: Yesterday and Today will be available for purchase. You can learn more about the book at Karlene’s website at iowabarnbook.com.

Photo of author Karlene Kingery.

 

Karlene Kingery received a grant to research Iowa barns in 1979. She prepared a program to create an awareness of saving barns and presented it over 300 times. In 1985 she and her husband moved to Omaha and work was suspended until she retired from teaching in 2012. From 2012-2017 she researched barns in all 99 counties and combined the earlier work with photos and stories, resulting in the book Iowa Barns: Yesterday and Today. The book will be available for $32.

Lucas Farms History Day (JCHS Activities)

The Lucas Farms History Day is chock full of fun things to do around the Lucas Farms Neighborhood! Pony rides, free burgers and hotdogs, bicycle tours of the area and much more are all available. See below for a full schedule of events.

The JCHS’s contribution this year is a display of antique automobiles (on loan from the Antique Car Museum of Iowa) that help tell the unique story of Iowa City life in the 1800s and early 1900s.

The Master Gardeners will provide tours of the three gardens at Plum Grove: the Flower Garden, the Wildflower Garden, and the Kitchen Garden.

Activities at Plum Grove are free; see the schedule below for details of community activity prices.

 

Taste of Plum Grove

The gardens at Plum Grove are producing a harvest! The Johnson County Master Gardeners are preparing a feast to celebrate the three bountiful gardens at Plum Grove that are what remain of Friendly Lucas’ three historical gardens: the Kitchen Garden, the Flower Garden, and the Wildflower Garden.

Friendly Lucas, the wife of the first Territorial Governor of Iowa, was a beloved hostess who cooked with plums, veggies, and herbs that came from these gardens. Come on over to Plum Grove and sample treats from historical recipes made of fresh green herbs and veggies found in gardens just like Friendly’s.

A recipe booklet of the historical recipes that will be served (plus additional delicious recipes not prepared for the event!) will be on sale and the Post Office Brass Band will play as you eat in style.

This event is free with a $5 suggested donation.

Taste of PG Flyer

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