Williamsburg Historical Commission
Ron Holden, a gentleman from Williamsburg, Iowa who was responsible for organizing our Sesquicentennial celebration last year sold his seed corn business to Monsanto and has shared a lot of his wealth with our town. He purchased a building on the west side of the square and has established a Williamsburg Historical Commission. He has restored that building to its original front, tin ceilings, etc. The upstairs was at one time a Lodge Hall. There are a couple of rooms on the upper level that are going to be housing genealogical and historical written material. I will be moving all the obits, family histories, research I have done, etc to that location. He has ordered period desks, file cabinets, etc. I think he plans to have my daughter Rita pretty much in charge. A portion of the building will be used as a museum.
At present I am working on updating all the cemeteries in Iowa County and we plan to have all those on the Iowa County GenWeb site. I am the assistant coordinator and the actual coordinator is Steve Williams who is a gggrandson of the founder of Williamsburg. He lives in California and attended our Sesqui last summer. I post all the current deaths to the GenWeb that have a connection to Iowa County. There also is a listing of a lot of the obit collection I have. There is a lady that is working on taking photos of all the tombstones in the county and posting those to the site also. Steve has posted a lot to the web site. If you haven't checked it out just go to Iowa County GenWeb site.
I am hoping to get all the county societies that are interested in preserving Iowa County History to cooperate and posting to the GenWeb. I have talked to the Historical Society and they seem agreeable. There is a link to the Amana Heritage Society which list the burials in those seven cemeteries. There will be a link to Old St Michaelís of Holbrook with names of whom to contact for research in that area.
Did you happen to attend any of the Sesqui Celebration last year? . Did you know the Sesqui Committee has published a book of Williamsburg area family histories that is now available? There is another one in the works about Williamsburg and its churches, schools, businesses, growth, etc. The web site is www.williamsburg150years.com/ .
We welcome any written material about people, family trees, diaries, photos of all kinds, (people) buildings) (gravestones), human interest stories, businesses and happenings in general to help preserve the history of Iowa County IA and especially the Williamsburg area.
Iowa County, IA contact person:
Assistant Iowa County IA GenWeb coordinator. http://iagenweb.org/iowa/
Williamsburg Historical Commission researcher
Netha M. Meyer (deceased)