Picnic at Plum Grove
Pack a picnic and enjoy the charms of Plum Grove, presented by the Johnson County Historical Society and Historic Foodies!
1030 Carroll Street
Iowa City, IA
Starts at 1 o'clock last Sunday of each month: June 26th, July 31st, August 28th, September 25th.
Plum Grove tours, garden tours, and historical lawn games available, plus a historical snack provided by Historic Foodies.
Free and open to the public, call 319-351-5738 for questions!
Map of Things No Longer Here
Collaborative Project with Grin City Collective
Wednesday, June 15, 9:45AM – 12:00PM @ Drake Community Library Lobby
Friday, June 24, 5:30PM – 7:00PM @ The Lacina Farmstead, 3633 Hwy 146
The Grinnell Historical Museum and Grin City Collective are partnering on a local history story project and invites community participation during its upcoming story-gathering events.
"Map of Things No Longer Here" collects both audio and written memories associated with buildings, businesses, and other locations that no longer exist on the modern Grinnell map. These recollections will then be physically layered onto a 7-foot-long contemporary city map to give a geographical association with the stories of our community.
Community members are invited to drop in to add a short anecdote to the giant map on either of the two days listed above.
Says Grin City’s Molly Rideout, "I love our local history but I sometimes struggle to keep everything straight in relation to what I see today. We hope this project will help both Grinnell natives and newcomers better understand what happened where in our town."
Stories don't have to be ancient history to be relevant to this map. A memory of a 2 AM donut run to Danish Maid five years ago is as relevant as a communion in the Old Stone Church.
As the Grinnell Historical Museum develops more community outreach programming such as the picture book released earlier this year and now for sale at Drake Library, “Map of Things No Longer Here” asks community members to share their own personal versions of Grinnell’s history.
“Our museum motto is, ‘The past is worth preserving for the future’—which involves the telling and retelling of Grinnell stories from generation to generation,” says Grinnell Historical Museum board member Cheryl Neubert. Story-sharing is as important to this collaborative project as the physical map, whose final form (whether digital or physical) is yet to be determined.
The project blends well with Grin City Collective’s programming shift. Part of its new vision states, “Grin City believes that when a community comes together to share experiences, skills or stories, it is more likely to invest personally in the collective improvement of that community and the people who share it.”
“As Grin City Collective transitions away from its artist residency program to more direct community involvement, expect to see more of these type of projects coming from our organization,” says Grin City’s Molly Rideout. The project is specifically designed with only a few events to make the data collection manageable to start, but may expand in future years as the Grinnell Historical Museum and Grin City Collective see fit.
For questions regarding the project or to email a memory for the Map of Things No Longer Here, contact Molly Rideout, email@example.com / 608-630-1423.
On May 13, 2016 the museum hosted Grinnell-Newburg third graders and their teachers and parents.
The students toured the museum and carriage house, played traditional games, listened to Frank Heath play some old instruments, tried their hands at spinning yarn, and loaded a prairie wagon to be ready for a trip west.
See a virtual tour of the museum here
read stories of Grinnell written by Board Member Dan Kaiser here
Visit us at:
1125 Broad Street, Grinnell, Iowa 50112
June - August: Thursday-Sunday, 2 pm to 4 pm
April-May and September-December: Saturday and Sunday, 2 pm to 4 pm
The Museum is open to the public free of charge, but donations are welcome.
The Museum is not handicapped-accessible.
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