Warren County Historical Society

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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 the themes of the Log Cabin Festival (LCF) for three of the last four festivals.  His first book is on Summerset, the featured town in 2011.  His second book is on Warren County Rural Schools, the theme of the 2013 LCF.  His third book is about Farming, the theme of the 2014 LCF.  These books are for sale as a fund raiser for WCHS.  For more information please see our new Publications Page.

Red Rock Riders Drill Team Red Rock Riders

The Red Rock Riders is a group of Central Iowa Girls who do drill team riding. This group performed at our Log Cabin Festival Saturday September 27. 

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.


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Museum Information

Thursdays 9:00am-4:00pm
Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm
Other times by appointment

Hot News

Great Holiday gifts!  The Warren County Historical Society has two books: Rural Schools in Warren County, Iowa1847-1959 and Agriculture in Warren County, Iowa - A Brief History (Farms Barns, Seeds & Breeds). Each book is approximately 250 pages and contains over 200 pictures. The school book features 148 country schools and mentions over 4,ooo names. The ag book highlights farm organizations and youth groups, and lists over 100 Warren County farm families and leaders in agriculture. Books are available for review and purchase ($30) 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 9613088


Thanks to Linda Beatty for organizing our 1st WCHS LOG CABIN FESTIVAL “SWAN” CHILI COOK-OFF Saturday, September 27, 2014.   See our Festival page for more details.


 Our grant from the Warren County Philanthropic Partnership for the Mural Project is approved.  The grant is for $2,500.  We are required to match the grant with an additional $2,500.


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

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The theme for 2015 Log Cabin Festival is Warren County and the Civil War. The Festival Will be Saturday September 26 & Sunday September 27.