Tag: Summer Event

Events from June to August.

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.

Little School on the Prairie Summer Camp 2019

Come experience the life of a Johnson County student at the Coralville schoolhouse! Campers are invited to dress in period clothing while they participate in lessons, crafts, and outdoor activities that follow the 1876 theme.
Dates: June 24 – 28, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location:  1876 Coralville School House
Ages:  entering grades 2 – 6 in fall 2019

Support for this program is provided by:

Community Foundation of Johnson County

Registration for 2019 is full! Thank you for your interest in Little School on the Prairie!

For more information email Becky Dewing.

Gangster in our Midst Lecture and Book Signing

Author Betty Passick (click here to visit her website) will share A Ray of Hope, her presentation on her new book Gangster in our Midst: A Historical Novel.

In the midst of recounting the true story of gangster Louis La Cava, bookkeeper to Al Capone, authoress Betty Passick also tells the tale of main character Emma Bierkoff, a woman undergoing treatment for TB at Oakdale Sanatorium in northern Iowa City. The novel spans 60 years and touches on powerful topics such as WWII, the tension between Catholics and Protestants in the early and mid-1900s, and the effects of the Great Depression.

Betty will be on air with iHeartRadio Tuesday the 18th. Hear her segment at 10:08 a.m.! She will be featured on News Radio 600 WMT with Justin Roberts and you can listen to it from your favorite radio or right here.

This event is free and open to the public.



Betty is the author of three books, two of which are centered in her hometown of Fairbank, Iowa.

“Authoring books infused with earthy soul, faith-isms, and Midwestern values.”

School Days Exhibit

This exhibit, crafted by freelance curator Doris E. Montag, showcases the everyday objects of One Room Schoolhouses.

Included in the exhibit are games children played, pitch pipes, flashcards, and a collection of ink pots…and much more!

Access to the exhibit is included in the price of admission.

A copy of Baldwin’s Readers Eighth Year

A peek at one side of the exhibit

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.

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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