Monroe County Historical Society & Museum

Monroe County Historical Society & Museum Monroe Co. Historical Society is preserving our county history, & maintains a Museum - open Saturday's & Sundays, May - Oct. 1-4 pm. Opening day in 2017 is May 6.

Our great volunteers will open the museum by appointment also.

The Monroe County Historical Society was formed in 1959 when a passionate group of people discussed the importance of preserving our country history. They not only maintain our Historical Museum, the Kendall Place, Buxton - a once thriving coal mining town but are also home to the Genealogy group. There are many other historic exhibits showing the many changes our county has seen!

Mission: To preserve our counties history and historical sites for future generations. Monroe county has seen many changes over the years and it is important for each generation to know who we are, where they have come from and see where we are now.

05/02/2019

The museum opens for the season this weekend. We're open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. now through October. See you there!

12/04/2018

Check out the miniature Christmas trees we had at the museum this weekend by checking the Albia Victorian Stroll page.

09/17/2018

On Saturday, September 22, we'll be privileged to hear a presentation about Walt O'Connor (team captain) and the 1937 Melrose Shamrock state championship basketball team. At that time there was only one class for the state tournament, and Melrose won it all! In fact, they went 33-0 that year.

Join us Saturday, Sept. 22, at 1:30 for this presentation by Walt's family. See you there!

06/20/2018

The museum is open this Saturday during Rodders' weekend. We welcome all those who want to visit in addition to seeing the cars, motorcycles, trucks, and tractors displayed on the square.

06/12/2018

This Saturday, June 16, is the annual museum crawl for the Scenic Byways--Historic Hills summer. Four museums, Monroe County Historical Society Museum in Albia, Wabash Depot Museum Complex in Moravia, Appanoose County Historical & Coal Mining Museum in Centerville, and the Moulton Historical Museum were chosen to be part of this year's tour. Each of the museums will be open from 9 to 4 on Saturday with activities going on in each one. Those who visit all four museums will have their passports marked and will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

In Albia Carolyn McAlister and Karen Henderson will demonstrate weaving rugs on our loom. At 1:15 Bill Huber, Albia's celebrated champion calf-roper, will talk about his rodeo experiences.

Saturday is also the Albia Area Chamber of Commerce's annual rodeo, so we hope some of the rodeo competitors and fans will join us at the museum.

We hope to see you there!

05/05/2018

Also today we have the privilege of hearing Tom Milligan speak about Ding Darling. Ding won a Pulitzer prize for his editorial cartoons while he worked for the Des Moines Register and Tribune. There's also a Monroe County connection. Come hear him speak at 2:00 today at the museum.

05/05/2018

It's open house weekend! Please join us today or tomorrow at the Monroe County Museum to see our wonderful and huge collection during this open house. We have trains, coal mining information, pictures of graduating classes dating back to the 1800s, military uniforms and info, a beautiful altar hanging, a canon from the Civil War, antique wedding dresses, a country school, a horse-drawn hearse (without the horse), the fountain from Hess Drug Store, the Dale Brothers gas station, and so much more. Also enjoy cake, ice cream, and fellowship.

Beginning today we're open from 1-4 on Saturdays and Sundays from May to October. Admission, as always, is free.

See you there

04/30/2018

Please join us Saturday or Sunday, May 5 or May 6, --or both--for our open house. We're celebrating the 35th anniversary of the opening of the Monroe County Museum. Yep, 1983!

If you've visited lately, we want to welcome you back. If you haven't been here for a while, or never, we encourage you to come. We think you'll be pleasantly surprised by our collection.

In addition to the open house, Tom Milligan will be here on Saturday, May 5, at 2 o'clock to talk about Ding Darling. Ding was a Pulitzer Prize winner who drew political cartoons for the Des Moines Register and drew the first ever Duck Stamp for that federal program. There's an Albia connection--but we'll let you come discover that.

We hope to see you this weekend at the Museum.

Opening weekend is May 5 & 6 from 1 to 4 pm. Join us for ice cream and cake as we celebrate our 35th year at the Museum!
04/14/2018

Opening weekend is May 5 & 6 from 1 to 4 pm. Join us for ice cream and cake as we celebrate our 35th year at the Museum!

07/02/2017

Stop by the museum this afternoon we are open until 4pm. Every Saturday & Sunday from 1-4 pm you can walk through our Monroe County history.

05/06/2017

OPENING WEEKEND at the Museum stop in and say hi, take a look around at some of our new displays and some changes we have made. We are open every weekend beginning today on Saturday & Sunday 1-4 pm!

Don't let our Volunteer Staff get lonely today!

05/02/2017

Open weekend at the Museum is coming up, stop by this Saturday, May 6 or Sunday, May 7 from 1-4 pm. We have some new items and have moved some items around for better viewing. Stop by and say hi to our volunteers! Consider getting involved in your Monroe County history, join the Monroe County Historical Society - ask for info when you visit us.

04/20/2017

Join us this Saturday, April 22 for Clean-up Day at the Museum, join us around 9 am! We can use many volunteers to make the work go fast, this is in preparation for our opening day on May 6th.

02/16/2017

The Monroe County Historical Society invites you to become a member! Membership is $20/year for a family or $10/year for an individual. Please join us and help us keep Monroe County history available to everyone. We also invite you to be an active member, we are always in need of new volunteers to help with special projects, serve on the board, help us staff the museum on weekends from May through October. Mail in a note stating you want to become a member with your name(s) address, phone, email and your check today. Mail to MCHS at 114 A Avenue E Albia, IA 52531 Thank you!

JOIN US between 4-8 pm for the Victorian Stroll in Albia - the Museum will be open and have on display Christmas Trees d...
12/03/2016

JOIN US between 4-8 pm for the Victorian Stroll in Albia - the Museum will be open and have on display Christmas Trees decorated by students from Grant School.

Stop in and give a penny vote for your favorite tree! Al;l proceeds go to the classes who decorated the trees. Enjoy a walk through Monroe County History, enjoy something warm to drink and homemade cookies. Stop in and say hello to our volunteers.

11/10/2016

We are now closed on weekends and open by appointment only. BUT we will be open Saturday, December 3rd for the
Albia Victorian Stroll from 4-8 pm.

Stop by to warm up, enjoy music, cookies & hot chocolate! We will also hold our 4th Annual Decorated Christmas Tree competition
again this year. Trees will be decorated by students at Grant School. You will be able to vote on your favorite tree with a penny! All the money goes back to the classes who decorated the trees. The Historical Society will also give prize money to the classes
based on your votes! So come in and vote on your favorite tree or for your child or grandchild's class tree!

08/05/2016

Albia Restoration Days we will be open special hours - so stop in and walk through time, visit with our volunteers and learn local history.

We will be open Friday, August 5th & Saturday, August 6th from 9 am to 4 pm. Sunday, August 7th we will have regular hours of 1-4 pm. You can cool off and take a break, and slow time down for a little while at the Monroe County Historical Society Museum!

07/02/2016

It is great to have rain finally! But it does change outdoor plans, so why not take a trip into the Monroe County Historical Museum and go on an adventure back in time!! We are open today and tomorrow from 1-4 pm!! Stop in and say hi to our volunteers.

06/14/2016

It is hot outside stop by the Monroe County Historical Society Museum and cool off while you take a walk back through time and history!

Our volunteers are there every Saturday & Sunday from 1-4 pm and look forward to visitors! They will give you a tour, answer questions and let you cool off. Stop by and say hi this weekend.

04/26/2016

OPENING WEEKEND is this Saturday April 30th & Sunday May 1st! Stop by and say hi to our volunteers and check out the museum. We will be open 1-4 pm every Saturday & Sunday.

Spring Work Day to get ready for opening day of your Monroe County Museum!
04/05/2016

Spring Work Day to get ready for opening day of your Monroe County Museum!

03/17/2016

We will be holding 2 spring work days at the Museum on Saturday, April 16th and Saturday, April 23rd. From 8 a.m till ??

If you are interested send a message, email us at [email protected] or come by one of those days! We can use you!

02/23/2016

Spring will be here before we know it! The Historical Society is considering some exciting changes in the Museum with some of the displays. We are always looking for volunteers!

If you are interested in Monroe County History and want to be a volunteer - we need you! Send a private message on facebook or send us an email at [email protected] and someone will contact you.

01/10/2016

It is cold outside and the Monroe County Historical Society Museum is closed for the winter. There are some upcoming projects that the board would like to accomplish in the museum before we open in May.

If you are interested in volunteering at the museum here in Albia, send a message and I will have a board member get in touch with you! Stay warm!

Stop in this Saturday, December 5th for some hot chocolate and cookies, we will be open from 4-8 pm for the Albia Victor...
12/03/2015
Victorian Stroll - Albia Area Chamber of Commerce, IA

Stop in this Saturday, December 5th for some hot chocolate and cookies, we will be open from 4-8 pm for the Albia Victorian Stroll!

Walk through the museum and vote on your favorite Christmas tree decorated by grade school classes. All money received for the votes go to the classes, along with an additional gift from the Monroe County Historical Society.

Then spend some time listening to music, looking around the museum before you head up around the square for other activities! The store windows come alive with Victorian living Christmas Cards! It is a great Christmas family tradition - hope to see you.

Visit the Victorian Stroll Albia information page at:
http://www.albiachamber.org/victorian-stroll

11/06/2015

The Museum is closed for the season BUT we will be open during the Victorian Stroll Saturday, Dec 5th. So stop by for cookies, hot chocolate and a warm place to take a walk through history!

You can also contact us for special tours, if you are coming from out of town or have special guests visiting. Just contact us and we can make arrangements.

Thank you to all those who support the Monroe County Historical Society!

10/13/2015

We are open at the Museum for just 3 more weekends this season on Saturday & Sunday 1-4 pm. Last day is November 1st. Stop in and take a walk through Monroe County history & remember when!

We will be open for the Victorian Stroll on Saturday December 5, 2015 from 4-8 pm. You can enjoy music, hot drinks, cookies and the museum. Along with a great Christmas tree display - more details coming when we get closer to the event!

10/08/2015

Mark your calendars - the Monroe County Historical Society Museum will be open in October on the Saturday & Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. Our last day will be Sunday, November 1st.

We will be open for Victorian Stroll December 5, 2015!

09/11/2015

Stop by this weekend and say HI! to our volunteers who will have the Museum open.
Saturday & Sunday 1-4 pm both days, you can walk through history in the museum and courtyard, with our one room school, train cars and more!

08/20/2015

Lunch in the Courtyard tomorrow in Albia - $7 for a pulled pork sandwich, potato salad, baked beans & a drink; between 11 am and 1 pm.

Then on Saturday or Sunday plan a walk back in time and stop by and visit our volunteers at the Monroe County Historical Society Museum! We are open 1-4 pm both Saturday & Sunday.

08/02/2015

Stop by tomorrow Sunday, August 2nd our volunteers will be at the Museum from 1-4 pm.

Plan to stop in next weekend and say Hi! It is Restoration Days in Albia on Saturday, August 8th! The Follies will be Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings.

The Monroe Co. Historical Society will have the Museum open extra hours so stop by:
Friday & Saturday - August 7th & 8th 9 am to 4 pm
Sunday - August 9th 1-4 pm

There is also a historical tour on Sunday - with a Civil War theme. Please post if you would like the phone number to call and get in your reservations to ride the bus. We have a special speaker planned and several points of interest around Monroe County on the tour.

07/12/2015

Join us for the Iowa produced film on 1900 Coal Mining called Black Canaries will show at King Opera House in Albia on Thursday, July 16th at 7 pm.

This documentary on Iowa coal mining was produced by filmmaker Jesse Kreitzer who's great-grandfather Thomas Clarence Chapman was a coal miner in the Albia area and owned/operated the Maple Coal Company located near Lovilia.

The screening is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken and tax-deductible donations are encouraged to support the completion of Black Canaries.

07/04/2015

Happy 4th of July - stay safe and have a wonderful 4th. Albia Fun Day at the Rez starts at 7 am tomorrow with many activities, visit the Albia Chamber of Commerce page for more information!

When you need a break from the activities stop by the Monroe County Historical Museum -- we will be open July 4th & July 5th from 1-4 pm! Stop by and say hi to this weeks volunteer staff!

06/27/2015

Fun day in Albia today join us for the Rodders Car Show & Bob Reed Memorial Tractor Show today - June 27th 8 am to 1 pm on the square.

If you need a cool place to spend some time or want to make a whole day of it after the Rodders Car Show - stop by and visit Doris & crew at the Monroe County Museum!

The Museum will be open Saturday & Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm, stop by and cool off, take a walk thru history!

06/11/2015

Stop by and say hi to Doris and her Volunteer helpers this weekend - get out of the heat and into the cool atmosphere of history at the Monroe Co. Historical Society Museum this weekend!

Saturday & Sunday from 1-4 pm! Take an air conditioned walk through time and check out some of our new exhibits.

06/05/2015

The Museum will be open this Saturday & Sunday from 1 to 4 pm, stop by and say hello to our volunteers. Get out of the warm weather and take a walk through our local history for a little while.

In other exciting news the Monroe Co. Historical Society has been given the old Dale Brothers Gas Station that sits on West Benton. It is going to be moved to the new foundation poured next to the train engine and garage at the Museum grounds. Another part of Albia history preserved for future generations.

05/31/2015

Stop by tomorrow and say Hi to Doris and her helpers at Monroe County Historical Society Museum - hours 1-4 pm! Tell them you liked our page!

05/21/2015

The Monroe County Historical Society Museum will be open this Memorial Day weekend on Saturday & Sunday from 1-4 pm. So while your family is together bring them by the Museum this weekend and take a little walk through our country history!

Our Museum has free admittance! So stop by and say hi!

05/19/2015

Watch for coming news for this year Monroe Co Historical Society Tour of historic sites in our county. Mark your calendars the tour will be held on Restoration Days weekend - Sunday, August 9th. We will meet at the museum for a special guest speaker, who talk about the Civil War. Then we will load a bus or buses and go to several locations in Monroe County. Check back for more information coming soon!

Note on your calendars that Restoration Days in Albia is earlier this year, it will be August 8th.

05/08/2015

Monroe County Historical Society Museum will be open again this Saturday & Sunday, - 1-4 pm. Stop by and spend some family time remembering our county history!

05/02/2015

The Monroe Co. Historical Society opens the Museum in Albia today for the 2015 season. Stop by for a visit!

Saturday & Sunday -- May 2nd & 3rd
1-4 pm

Trivia question - do you know who donated the train engine and caboose to the Historical Society that sit on the east si...
04/30/2015

Trivia question - do you know who donated the train engine and caboose to the Historical Society that sit on the east side of the museum??

04/25/2015

The Monroe County Historical Society introduced a new newsletter back in March. It was mailed out across the county to property owners. It included a featured exhibit, info about the Historical Society, information on our yearly memberships and a calendar of events. We will have 3 more newsletters that will go out this year to all members of the Monroe County Historical Society.

If you did not get one and would like to have the March newsletter you can pick one up at the Albia Chamber of Commerce or at United Country Hawkeye Farm Mgmt & Real Estate office (located a block west of the museum on the corner of A St & Main St).

04/23/2015

Mark your calendars now the Monroe County Historical Society Museum will open for the summer season on Saturday, May 2nd from 1-4 pm!

Come take a walk thru time and history with us!

Monroe County Historical Society & Museum
04/22/2015

Monroe County Historical Society & Museum

Address

114 A Ave E
Albia, IA
52531

General information

Museum Hours: May - October open Saturday's & Sunday's; 1-4 pm and by appointment.

Telephone

(641) 932-7046

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