Tag: Summer Event

Events from June to August.

Tomato Taste at Plum Grove

Tomatoes will be plentiful this August at Plum Grove due to the careful tending of the Johnson County Master Gardeners. If you want a taste of sun-ripened tomatoes (and some of the goodies made from them) come on over and grab a bite.

This event is free and open to the public.


Stay tuned to this page for details on the time of the event.

Taste of Plum Grove

The men and women of the Johnson County Master Gardeners celebrate their 25th year hosting the Taste of Plum Grove. This event includes a buffet of delicious food, an open house at Plum Grove Historic Home, and the availability to purchase a recipe book of the Master Gardeners’ own historic recipes—only a few dollars a book! The Master Gardeners harvest what ingredients they can from the Kitchen Garden at Plum Grove, then supplement from their personal gardens to create a very satisfying meal.

Friendly Lucas, wife of the first Territorial Governor of Iowa, was a renowned hostess who cooked with plums, veggies, and herbs that came from the gardens of Plum Grove. Come to the Taste of 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.

This event is free with a $5 suggested donation.


Stay tuned for more information, including the time of the event.

Lucas Farms History Day (JCHS Activities)

Save the date for this special day (although keep an eye out for activities possibly switching to Sunday the 28th)! This yearly event boasts a festival just south of downtown Iowa City. Easily accessible, the festival includes free food, games, and much more!
Check back later for details.

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!

Garden Tour at Plum Grove

The Johnson County Master Gardeners will give tours of the three fine gardens at Plum Grove each Sunday through August.

This is free and open to the public. Tours only from 2-4 p.m.

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.

Garden Tour at Plum Grove

The Johnson County Master Gardeners will give tours of the three fine gardens at Plum Grove each Sunday through August.

This is free and open to the public. Tours only from 2-4 p.m.

Garden Tour at Plum Grove

The Johnson County Master Gardeners will give tours of the three fine gardens at Plum Grove each Sunday through August.

This is free and open to the public. Tours only from 2-4 p.m.

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.

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