JCHS is a private, non-profit group committed to serving the public by furthering an appreciation of the historical and cultural heritage of the Johnson County community through education, preservation and interpretation.
The Johnson County Historical Society was organized in 1967 as the Mormon Trek Memorial Foundation. Its purpose was to commemorate the Mormon Handcart Expeditions, which departed Johnson County for Salt Lake City in 1856 and 1857. The Foundation identified the site of the Handcart Expedition Campground, created a park and monument and renamed a street (Mormon Trek Boulevard). The Foundation resolv
Operating as usual
From 1930-1974, fans came to Iowa City to watch football by train.
How many trains & train cars were needed to get them to the stadium for home games?
What town in Johnson County once had the nickname "Tank Town"?
What group annually erected the "Corn Monument" on the Pentacrest
(Answer on last pic)
In 2004, season football tickets for 6 Home Games cost $250+
What was the advertised price in 1940 for season tickets to ALL athletic events at the University of Iowa?
#trivia #UIAthletics #JCHS
What beer brewed in Iowa City had the slogan,
"The beer that made Milwaukee jealous!"
B) Graf's Golden Brew
Today, we spotlight the City of Coralville & it's name.
Did you know, Coralville was NOT the original name of the town? Any ideas what the name was?
C) Mill City
The Englert Theater was built in 1913.
What type of business immediately preceded the Englert at this location?
A) General Store
B) Livery Stable
(Answer is in the last photo)
In what year did the State Capitol move from Iowa City to Des Moines?
The answer is located in image #4
Hint: It was changed because the center of population was shifting westward in Iowa.
In 2000, Iowa City's Population was 62.380
What was the official US Census Population of Iowa City in 1960? (Answer located in photo #5)
In what year did the famous 'Ironmen' play football for the University of Iowa? (answer in photo #6)
Iowa City may have been the site of the world's first indoor football game.
In 1929, the game was played in the soon-to-be UI Fieldhouse. It was played just before the basketball floor was laid in 1929.
The dirt floor was watered to keep it soft
What are the 5 Places in Iowa City where the UI Varsity Basketball Team has played official games?
1. Close Hall/YMCA (1890)
2. Men's Gym/Old Armory (1915)
3. Armory (1922-1926)
4. Fieldhouse (1927)
5. Carver-Hawkeye Arena (1982)
Here's a little preview of what our new location has to offer.
Let us know what you think & also what you'd like to see more of.
Look what got installed today!!!!
Now you have to come visit us
Some of you may know that we moved last year to our new location in the Xtreme Arena but did you know we're now 100% open & ready to show you what we've been up to?!?!?!
We've been HARD AT WORK making the new location even better than before. New displays in a larger area with so much more info & imagery!
Stop by & check out the new setup, you won't be disappointed!
Located right next to The Iowa Heartlanders store & across the street from Tribute Eatery & Bar & 30hop.
Don't forget to #shopsmall & #shoplocal to support your community & the small businesses within them!
Check out the special edition of the State Historical Society of Iowa's flagship journal, The Annals of Iowa, as we commemorate Iowa's 175th year of statehood. This special edition offers a mix of historical essays and beautiful artwork by 17 artists from across the state. Order your copy — or subscribe — at bit.ly/2ZYdXXR.
#IowaCulture #iowaarts #Iowa175 #Iowa #IowaStories #AnnalsofIowa
Johnson County’s historical story slowly emerges in revamped museum at Xtream Arena Visitors to the historical museum will immediately notice a fresh professional touch to the exhibits.
As harvest season approaches, remember you can give a gift of grain through the Community Foundation! 🌾 It's a really simple way to give & receive tax benefits. We'd love to help you support our local organizations through a gift of grain - call us today to learn more! (319) 337-0483.
Learn about gifts of grain and other ways to give here: https://cfjc.org/giving/ways-to-give/
Photos from Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area's post
Our menu for tomorrow’s food booth during the Lucas Farm History Day.
We are serving from 12-4pm at 1210 Keokuk Street.
We hope to see you there!
#vegan #plantbased #foodbooth
Plum Grove will be open 12pm-4pm on August 8 and August 14 as part of Lucas Farms History Days. Stop by and see one of the oldest homes in Iowa City!
Here's the complete agenda for History Days! Save the date!
Thank you to the Coralville Community Fund for their generous grant for our Blue Top Motel Exhibit as part of our new space in the Xtrema Arena! Xtream Arena Community Foundation of Johnson County
The Johnson County Historical Society accepts their grant award.
First day of exhibit installation!!
Old cars, new digs: Antique Car Museum enjoys rebirth in Coralville's Xtream Arena Visitors will find a rare 1938 German-made car, a 1924 Model T damaged in last summer's derecho, and all the automotive nostalgia they can handle.
We are finally starting our move to our new home in the Xtream Arena! Stay tuned for updates!
Did you know? Several Johnson County nonprofits have endowment funds at the CFJC! These funds provide a way for donors to amplify their impact and make a lasting gift to a nonprofit organization. This Halloween, treat a nonprofit through a gift of support to their endowment fund!
Make a donation to a fund and see a full list of funds available at: https://cfjc.org/our-funds/community-foundation-funds/
Iowa Archaeology Month starts on Monday! We're working with partners across the state and creating some of our own unique digital programming to share from next week through October 17. This year's effort will be largely digital. There will be frequent additions to the calendar, but check out what's listed so far! https://tockify.com/iowaarchaeology/agenda
(note, some of the Zoom links are not "live" yet!)
Share your stories for history. Coralville Digital History Library wants to know what your life has been like. Have you had to change your plans? Celebrate rituals in a new way? Find new ways to connect with your friends and family?
Submit your stories here:
A big thank you to anyone who can call themselves a #MuseumVolunteer! You support every aspect of #IowaMuseums work. #IowaMuseumWeek
The Johnson County Historical Society was organized in 1967 as the Mormon Trek Memorial Foundation. Its purpose was to commemorate the Mormon Handcart Expeditions, which departed Johnson County for Salt Lake City in 1856 and 1857. The Foundation identified the site of the Handcart Expedition Campground, created a park and monument and renamed a street (Mormon Trek Boulevard). The Foundation resolved to create a local history museum. To reflect this new purpose, the name was changed to the Johnson County Historical Society.
The Historical Society found a permanent home when a lease was signed for the Old Coralville Public School, a badly deteriorated two-story brick schoolhouse built in 1876. Restoration of the building began in 1977 and on July 4, 1983 the building opened to the public as the Johnson County Heritage Museum.
In 2006, the Historical Society moved to its current location at 860 Quarry Road in Coralville’s Iowa River Landing District.
In addition to the JCHS Museum, the Society also manages and interprets four historic sites: Plum Grove Historic Home, the 1855 Johnson County Historic Poor Farm, Coralville Old Town Hall, and the 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse.
Plum Grove Historic Home
Operating Hours: Memorial Day - Labor Day: Wednesday-Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm **Weekends only starting Labor Day through October 31st**
The 1855 Johnson County Historic Poor Farm is open by appointment only. The Coralville Old Town Hall and the 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse are open every Saturday from 3-5 p.m. or by appointment.
To schedule a tour, please call (319) 351-5738.
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The Antique Car Museum of Iowa educates visitors on the history of transportation. Our showroom features 90+ antique cars ranging from 1899-1970's.
Showcases the history of the building and the City of Coralville with exhibits about Victorian era sleds, Flexible Flyers, and more!