Warren County Historical Society

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Warren County Historical Society

The Army of the Southwest Army of The Southwest Performed  at the  2015 LCDF

The Army of the Southwest is a group of Iowa Civil War Re-enactors dedicated to educating people of all ages about the Civil War through reenactments, school programs, and historical events. Their members come from throughout southwest Iowa. The unit consists of Confederate and Union infantry, artillery, and cavalry. They also have a strong group of period civilians. Ladies dressed in period clothing informed attendees of hand fan language used during a dance to signal your beau.

Award Winning Author Jerry Beatty Jerry Beatty Jerry doing research

Jerry Beatty has been writing and publishing books for the Warren County Historical Society (WCHS) since 2011. He has written books on Summerset (2011), Warren County Rural Schools (2013), and Agriculture in Warren County (2014). He has completed a book for our 2015 Festival on Warren County and the Civil War. These books are for sale as a fund raiser for WCHS. For more information please see our new Publications Page. Publications Page.

Warren County Philanthropic Partnership Check Grant

This grant covers half of the $5,000 required for the Mural. We are asking for donations to cover the other half. Please consider a donation for this cause.

Proposed Museum Mural John Parker

John Parker showing his proposal for a Mural on the east side of our Museum Building.  This is a computer generated image of the way it would look on the Museum.  He is also proposing to move the Wind Mill presently on the South side to accent the Mural.  This is not the final design, just a starting point.  The green back ground is not part of the Mural. 

The city of Indianola has purchased the Chaplin property east of the Warren County Historical Society's property.  When they cleared the land it exposed the East Side of the Museum.  This Mural would dress up our building and would draw attention to our Museum.

We have been awarded a $2,500 grant to help pay for the Mural.  We need to raise an additional $2,500.  The back ground paint and moving the wind mill is not included in the $5,000 price of the mural.  We may get the City to pay for moving the wind mill if they go ahead with joining J & K streets.

We are asking the public and local businesses to help and donate for this project.  Please help if you can, even small contributions add up.  We are a 501(C)3 organization so your contribution should be tax deductible.  Be sure to specify that your contribution is for the Mural.  We now accept PayPal as well as charge cards (thru PayPal) just click on the donate button on this page.  You may also send your check to WCHS PO box 256 Indianola, IA 50125.  Thank You for your support.


Please Help us Preserve the History of Warren County


NOTE: WCHS has no paid staff; all workers are volunteers. 100% of your donation goes to the maintenance and care of our museum and library collections.

Museum Information

Thursdays 9:00am-4:00pm
Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm
Other times by appointment We are located at 1400 W 2nd Ave Indianola, IA. We are next to the Fairgrounds Camping area.  Our mailing addres is P.O. Box 256 Indianola, Ia 50125.  Phone # (515)961-8085.  Pleas see our About Page for a map.

Hot News

Winter Farmers Market

The winter farmers market starts Saturday November 13.  It is held at the Warren County Historical Societies' Museum.  It will be  9:00 am to 12:00 noon the second Saturday of every month thru March.

The Warren County Model Railroaders Train Club will be open also during the Farmers Market.

 The Warren County Historical Society has some books for sale, the latest is by Jerry Beatty: Warren County and the Civil War. Each book is available for review and purchase at the WCHS, 1400 W. 2nd Ave., Indianola (east side of the Warren County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday and 9-noon Saturday. See the Publications Page for details. For more information call 961-8085 or 961-3088


WCHS MISSION: To collect, preserve, and create interest in the cultural, political, and economic heritage of Warren County, Iowa

Please Help us Preserve the history of Warren County.  We now accept PayPal and Credit Cards

Please see our About Page for more information about us.