Pioneer Heritage Museum
The Iowa County Historical Society is organized and operated for educational purposes. We want to create and develop an active interest in historical events, articles, and sites within the county and state as well as find, collect, preserve, and exhibit materials pertinent thereto.
The society operates off of membership fees, donations, and bequests. Our membership is of about 300 members scattered throughout the United States; our annual rates are $10 for an individual membership, $15 for a family membership, and $25 is recognized as a support membership. Our fiscal year runs from May through April.
The ICHS maintains and operates the Pioneer Heritage Museum and Resource Library located in Marengo, IA. This half-block site includes an 1856 log cabin, 1861 log house, 1890’s rural farmhouse, the relocated Chicago Rock Island RR depot from Victor, and a 1930’s gas station from Hartwick, IA. The filling station display includes an antique race car and 1938 fire truck. The various structures house exhibits of farm machinery as well as household and country store items, clothing and military history. The museum's collection of uniforms and military gear span from the Spanish American War through the Civil War, World War I, World War II (includes both men's and women's uniforms), Vietnam and Desert Storm.
In addition to the museum grounds the ICHS also maintains the Gritter Creek Country School located west of North English 3 miles off the main Millersburg North English road. We also have original furnishing from the Gritter School. This is the only remaining brick one-room school building in Iowa County and is open to the public at all times.
A Resource Library is available and we are capable of helping people do research on families, communities, churches, schools, businesses, etc. We also have copies of the 1881 History of Iowa County available for sale at the museum. Cost is about $30 plus shipping.
The museum is open to visitors and operates on a donation basis. Tours for special groups or needs on other days can be arranged by phone.
Anyone with an interest in historical preservation or research may become a member and enjoy the benefits of ICHS membership. The membership year runs from May 1 through April 30 with members receiving four newsletters per year as well as an annual program book. All members are welcome to the regular monthly board meetings as well as to the general meetings of the society held quarterly. Members are always welcome to offer articles for inclusion in the newsletter.
Memberships are $10 per individual or $15 for a family. Supporting memberships in the amount of $25 are received and appreciated.
To become a member of ICHS, click "ICHS Membership Application" below and print; complete and send the application along with your payment to: Iowa County Historical Society, P.O. Box 288, Marengo, IA 52301
ICHS Membership Application
Pioneer Heritage Museum
PO Box 288
675 East South St.
Marengo, IA 52301
Directions: near the fairgrounds in the east part of Marengo
Hours: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday – Saturday, June through mid-September, or by appointment
Phone: (319) 642-7018 (Museum) or (319) 642-3055
Email: Marilyn Rodgers (membership and research inquires)