JCHS is hosting a food drive through October 31st. Bring your non-perishables to 860 Quarry Road in Coralville and leave them in the food collection bin in the lobby. All collected food will go to the Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry who offers food assistance to residents in the Coralville city limits. If you would prefer to donate money, you can donate directly to the CEFP using the following link: http://cefoodpantry.org/make-a-difference/donate-funds/

Reminder: Plum Grove is now open weekends only. Visit the historic governor's home Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5pm until the end of October.

Annual Meeting: Cast in the Past

The JCHS Annual Meeting will be held on October 5th from 1-4pm at the Weeber Pavilion (4892 Kansas Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240). Johnson County Historical Society Board Chair, Steve Weeber, will be presenting "Cast in the Past," an informative program on antique farming equipment. The Irving B. Weber Award will be given out at this event.  Each year at the annual meeting, JCHS presents the Irving B. Weber Award in recognition of individuals exemplifying a devotion to the preservation of local history. For many years, Weber wrote passionately about the history of Johnson County, dedicating himself to the preservation of the county’s past through his position as a writer of history at the Iowa City Press Citizen and his subsequent eight-volume book series: Irving Weber’s Iowa City. As an important historical figure himself, Irving B. Weber is the obvious choice of an Iowa City icon to represent the preservation of local history. His name now gives prestige to the award given out each October by JCHS to the individuals found to best honor the history of Johnson County. The cost of the Annual Meeting is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. The fee includes the meal catered by the Brown Bottle. Call Kendall or Amber at 319-351-5738 to register. 

Beyond the Grave: Coralville Oak Hill Cemetery Walk

The 2014 Cemetery Walk, Beyond the Grave will be held at Coralville's Oak Hill Cemetery on 1st Ave. Tours will begin at 6, 6:30, 7, and 7:30pm. Attendees will see actors in period costume portray some of the cemetery's long-time residents. JCHS will be hosting a soup supper to keep attendees warm. Free to attend. Donation suggested. 


October 5: Annual Meeting, Weeber Pavilion at 4892 Kansas Ave, Iowa City, 1-4pm. Meal catered by North Liberty Brown Bottle. Presentation "Cast in the Past" by Board Chairman, Steve Weeber. 

October 26: Cemetery Walk and Soup Supper, Coralville's Oak Hill Cemetery. Guided tours at 6, 6:30, 7, and 7:30. Actors will tell the stories of some of the cemetery's residents in the first person.

Dec 14: Aisle of Lights, 1-4pm

Gift Memberships

JCHS museum memberships make great gifts. The recipient of a gift membership enjoys free entrance to the Johnson County Historical Society Museum and the Antique Car Museum of Iowa for one year, discounted rates to JCHS special events including the popular Annual Barn Tour, and will automatically become a Time Travelers member. Time Travelers benefits are nationwide and typically include free or discounted admission. There are eleven museums around the state of Iowa that are Time Travelers members. The full list of museums at which JCHS members receive Time Travelers benefits can be found here: http://timetravelers.mohistory.org/institutions. Contact Kendall at 319-351-5738 to learn more about gifting a membership or to join for yourself. Individual memberships are $35, family memberships are $45. 


Have any questions about what's going on at JCHS? Call (319) 351-5738 or email us



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Museum hours

Johnson County Historical Society Museum

860 Quarry Road, Coralville, IA 52241

Monday:  Closed

Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m - 5 p.m.

Sunday: Noon- 5 p.m.

Admission* :  $5 per visitor  -  which includes admission to the Antique Car Museum of Iowa

                     JCHS members: Free

                     Under 12: Free


Group rates are $4 per person for groups over ten. To schedule a group tour (self-guided) please call (319) 351-5738.


plum grove historic home

1030 Carroll Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend: Wednesday-Sunday from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

After Labor Day Weekend to October 31st: Saturday-Sunday from 1:00-5:00 p.m.  

Free admission

To arrange a group tour please call (319) 351-5738 or email. (Please contact us at least 2 days in advance to schedule a tour)


1876 Coralville schoolhouse

310 5th Street, Coralville, IA 52241

Open by appointment only.  Please call (319) 351-5738 to schedule a tour. (Please contact us at least 2 days in advance to schedule a tour)


1855 johnson county poor farm & asylum

Corner of Melrose and Slothower Ave. (just west of Hwy. 218), Iowa City, IA

Open by appointment only.  Please call (319) 351-5738 to schedule a tour. (Please contact us at least 2 days in advance to schedule a tour)