Henry County Iowa Historic Preservation Commission.


  Historic Preservation Commission

The mission of the Historic Preservation Commission is “to transform community landmarks into civic spaces; to preserve historic artifacts and memories; and to promote and celebrate the history and heritage of Henry County and its people”.
Henry County Heritage Center

  Museums 
Henry County Heritage Center -
Physical Address: 203 North White Street, Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
Mailing Address: PO Box 333, Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
Brief description: Located in the former Saunders Elementary School building [NW of Mount Pleasant's Square], the museum offers displays and memorabilia featuring Saunders School, Henry County Rural Schools, the Dr. James Van Allen family, Mount Pleasant, Henry County Veterans and all the towns and townships of the County. The Donald Young Memorial Library and Research Center houses Henry County books, maps, photos, postcards and genealogical files for historical research.
Hours: Saturday afternoons [1-4], May through October, and any other time by appointment.
Contacts: Pat White, 319-385-4983 or Lea Bradley, 319-931-0671
Lewelling Quaker Museum -
Physical Address: 401 South Main Street P.O. Box 245 Salem, Iowa 52649
Brief Description: The Henderson Lewelling home and Museum is a National Park Service Underground Railroad “Network to Freedom” historic site. Visitors to the museum receive a guided tour from a volunteer docent who will present the history of the abolitionist work of the Salem Quaker community in the lead up to the civil war. As a safe house or station on the network the home features secretive hiding spaces where freedom seekers were concealed to avoid capture by bounty hunters. The museum is a National Park Service passport stamp site. More about the Network to Freedom at www.nps.gov/ugrr.
Hours: Open for tours 1 to 4 p.m., Sundays from May through September or by appointment at 319-258-2000. School class tours can be arranged consistent with school schedules.
Contacts: Dave Helman, Board President, 319-217-0908 or Kay Wesely, Tour Coordinator, 319-258-2000 Click here to send an e-mail request

The Lewelling Quaker Museum is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non profit charitable organization
Swedish American Museum -
Physical Address: 107 James Ave (PO Box 74) Swedesburg, IA 52652
Brief Description: Discover the story of Swedish immigration through exhibits in four buildings. Also contains a coffee shop, gift shop, and library containing genealogical and historical materials.
Hours: 9am – 4pm January-March open Thursday, Friday, Saturday
April-December open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Contact Persons: Louise Unkrich, Director 319-750-5176 (cell)
Click here to send an e-mail request
Winfield Museum -
Physical Address: 114 South Locust Street Winfield, IA 52653
Brief Description: Displays include a reproduction of Erikson's Toyland, a toy store open in the 1050s - 1960s, plus much local memorabilia. This museum was named after General Winfield Scott.
Hours: Monday, 10am - 12PM. or by appointment by calling 319-257-6661
Website: http://www.winfieldhistoricalsociety.com
The Dover Museum and Depot -
Physical Address: 213 West Main STreet New London, IA 52645
Brief Description: Two floors of exhibits relating to the New London-Lowell area. Restored railroad depot with train memorabilia. Genealogical, cemetery, and historical records are also available.
Hours: May - October, Saturday and Sunday, 1pm - 4PM. or by appointment by calling 319-367-2573 or 877-468-7700
Click here to send an e-mail request.
  Harlan - Lincoln House -
Physical Address: Iowa Wesleyan College 101 West Broad Street Mount Pleasant, IA 52461
Brief Description: James Harlan was an Iowa Wesleyan College presiden, U.S. Senator, and friend of President Lincoln. His daughter Mary was married to the President's son, Robert. Their three children spent summers here.
Hours: Open by appointment by calling the Iowa Wesleyan College Alumni Office at 319-385-6215
Click here to send an e-mail request. 
  Wayland and Midwest Memories Museum -
Physical Address: 217 West Main Street Wayland, IA 52654
Brief Description: A unique collection of business, school and agricultural memorabilia celebrating our History.
Hours: Most Tuesday and Thursday mornings or by appointment at 319-256-3276.
More details at https://www.waylandiowa.com
or at this Website: http://www.midwestmuseum.blogspot.com 
   
   


 

 
             

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