Williamsburg Historical Society

Housed in the 1898 I.O.O.F. building on the square

516 Elm Street, Williamsburg, IA 52361
(319) 668-1822 (call for hours of operation)
Email: WHS
Sesquicentennial Site: Building Photos, Historical Photos
Order the 2 book set The History of Williamsburg, Iowa. (Vol. 1, 2010; Vol. II, 2007)

The Williamsburg Historical Society (formally known as the Williamsburg Historical Commission,) through the efforts of, and funding by, local philanthropists Ron and Arlene Holden, was established and given a home in the beautifully restored I.O.O.F. building on the square. The building came to life during the spectacular Williamsburg Sesquicentennial celebration (the 150th anniversary of the town) in 2007. The commission sponsored the Williamsburg Sesquicentennial Committee and the celebration itself. The building houses a museum and is developing a library and archives. Period desks, file cabinets, and other items furnish the upstairs rooms that hold the archives. Research assistance is available to help with Iowa County related genealogy inquires.   More on the WHS from Netha Meyer


The commission's library and archives have been established by the donation of the entire Iowa County genealogical and historical collection of Netha Meyer. This collection includes:

The Society has added:

The Museum area includes:

Williamsburg Historical Society Volunteers
WHC 2013 "Upstairs" Volunteers
From left to right: Lavonne Sandersfeld, Lydia Armbrecht, Sarah Witte, Emma Armbrecht, Marilyn Possehl, Sandy Ficken, Bernie Aumann.
Williamsburg Historical Society Volunteers
WHC 2013 "Downstairs" Volunteers
From left to right: Philip Jones, Tara Knock, Mary Miller, Pat McDonough, Bill Berry and Rita McDonald.