The Johnson County Historical Society Museum provides a permanent home to the society’s treasure trove of more than 10,000 historic artifacts that portray the diverse and vibrant heritage of the county, from Native Americans to early settlers to contemporary times. The Historical Society was organized in 1967 as the Mormon Trek Memorial Foundation with the purpose of commemorating the Mormon Handcart Expeditions. These expeditions departed Johnson County for Salt Lake City in 1856 and 1857.
The Museum is in the Old Coralville Public School which is a two story brick building built in 1876. The building went through restoration which took years to complete but is now open to the public with all the displays available to be seen and enjoyed.
Many of these items are on display in exhibits which explore Johnson County’s rich local history. The displays include items from the Meskwaki to early settlers to the contemporary times. You will be able to see maps of the city and the county from a variety of years, tracking the changing demographics of the area. There are enough items in the displays that you will want to spend a considerable amount of time learning the various historical lessons available here.
The JCHS museum is part of a shared complex which also includes the Antique Car Museum of Iowa and the Hawkeye Model Railroad Club.
Location: 860 Quarry Road, Coralville, IA 52241
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am- 5 pm Sunday: Noon-5pm
Phone: (319) 351-5738
Admission: $5/visitor 12 and Under: Free JCHS Members: Free