Clarke Co. Historical Society

"Preserving Our Yesterday for Our Tomorrows"



The Clarke County Historical Society was established in 1971 for the purpose of preserving the history of our county through articles, documents, books, and family history.

Dues- $10.00 yearly (July-June)

Meetings - 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. followed by program. Public Welcome

Museum - Located on Hwy. 69 South, Osceola, Iowa
Hours - Sunday 2:00 P.M.- 5:00 P.M., Wednesday 2:00 P.M.- 5:00 P.M.
(or by appointment phone: 641-342-3550, 641-342-2773, 641-342-2573)

The Historical Museum complex is located on 5 acres of land on the south edge of Osceola on Highway 69. The main building contains various displays and collections pertaining to Clarke County history including stained glass windows, military uniforms, general store, barber shop, musical instruments, furnished rooms of houses, and various professional offices (doctor, lawyer, dentist). It also includes a meeting room which houses books and papers for research including information about country schools, churches, and the various towns in the county. There is no photocopier available at the complex.

The complex also includes a log cabin, machine shed containing various pieces of farm equipment, a country school which was originally located in Knox Township, and an annex with collections of nails, barbed-wire, wrenches, etc. It also holds a hose cart from the fire department, horse harness, and the works from the 4-faced clock from the old courthouse.