Nelson Pioneer Farm / Mahaska County Historical Society

Nelson Pioneer Farm / Mahaska County Historical Society This family farm turned museum has been here over 175 years. It contains agricultural and county artifacts, buildings and history for Mahaska County Iowa.

The first museum in Iowa to honor the pioneer farmer, Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum is operated by the Mahaska County Historical Society, Inc., a non-profit, educational institution. The compound now features historic buildings from all over Mahaska County, providing visitors a glimpse of what life was like for Iowans in 19th & 20th century America. Nelson Pioneer Farm Museum has several buildings on the grounds that can be toured inside and out. Most of these are handicap accessible. Many of these buildings have been moved from their original location to the farm for historic preservation. Both the Daniel Nelson home and barn sit in their original locations. The main museum houses several exhibits, including a quilt display, Indian artifacts, a miniature wooden circus and military memorabilia.

Mission: Protect and preserve the history and heritage of Mahaska County for present and future generations.

Two local history events to note:4/14 at 2 p.m. - Montage MemoriesLearn about the artifacts in Penn Central Mall's monta...
04/03/2019
Frankel Block - Historical Building Markers - OACDG.org

Two local history events to note:

4/14 at 2 p.m. - Montage Memories
Learn about the artifacts in Penn Central Mall's montage! Hosted by the Chief Mahaska Questers #505. One of the speakers is our own Historical Society president John Jacobs. There will be refreshments served.

4/18 at 6 p.m. - Historical Building Marker Unveiling
Celebrate the next building marker in Oskaloosa's Historic Downtown. The Frankel Building, home of Smokey Row, will get its marker!

Be sure to share the word for these events. All efforts to share Mahaska County's rich history are important for our community and it's exciting to see so many groups involved with these efforts!

https://www.oacdg.org/history/frankel/

Although the very top pieces of this building are gone, for the most part, this beautiful building is intact. The facade features tall windows paired at each end bay, and in a tripartite arrangement in the center. The center bay features a large scale stone arch that was just becoming popular when t...

Interested in volunteering?  We are looking to grow our school group volunteer corps!  May is our busy field trip season...
04/01/2019

Interested in volunteering? We are looking to grow our school group volunteer corps!

May is our busy field trip season, but one 2.5 hour commitment is a huge help! Most field trips are scheduled Tues-Fri between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Come to either session of our informational meeting Mon. April 8 (3 PM and 6 PM) to learn more!

Training and/or shadowing experienced volunteers will be available for new recruits!

03/22/2019

WE NEED BOXES! If you have any large packing boxes we could borrow/use for our library renovation, please bring them out to the Nelson Pioneer Farm.

Call Margaret at 641-672-2989/641-670-7606 before you swing by to make sure she is there!

03/19/2019

Due to other commitments, Saturday's Hammer In is cancelled. Keep us on the calendar for April!

Today in history:  Bussey Miners Threaten to Strike in 1905.
03/15/2019

Today in history: Bussey Miners Threaten to Strike in 1905.

#tbt Mother Jones Visits Oskaloosa in 1902.  Jones was a labor advocate during a critical time in American industrial hi...
03/14/2019

#tbt Mother Jones Visits Oskaloosa in 1902. Jones was a labor advocate during a critical time in American industrial history, fighting for workers' rights throughout the early 20th century.

You'll be able to see this article, among other articles and photographs, at our pop up exhibit in Penn Central Mall in April.

Stay tuned for more info!

Local history display in museum buildingPhoto credit:  Melissa Barru
03/12/2019

Local history display in museum building

Photo credit: Melissa Barru

A summer view of the Mott General Store porch and flower planter.Photo credit:  Melissa Barru
03/12/2019

A summer view of the Mott General Store porch and flower planter.

Photo credit: Melissa Barru

Thank you to all of the women, past and present, who have made the Nelson Pioneer Farm, Mahaska County, Iowa, and the wo...
03/08/2019

Thank you to all of the women, past and present, who have made the Nelson Pioneer Farm, Mahaska County, Iowa, and the world what it is! We have many incredible women on our Board, as volunteers, demonstrators, donors, members, and guests. Our site wouldn't be here without all of you!

#internationalwomensday #strongwomen #Nelsonwomen

Pictured left to right: Margaret Nelson, Mary (Polly) Green Nelson, Lillian Nelson.

Helping out another museum/historic site.  If any of our local talent would like to participate in another event in Octo...
03/06/2019

Helping out another museum/historic site. If any of our local talent would like to participate in another event in October, contact Madison County!

03/05/2019

Did you know that Governor Reynolds is signing a proclamation today declaring that March is Iowa History Month?! #historyisimportant #stateandlocalhistory #iowahistory

Dreamin' of summer on a cold winter day.  Want to join us as a demonstrator for a craft event? I'd love to hear from you...
03/04/2019

Dreamin' of summer on a cold winter day. Want to join us as a demonstrator for a craft event? I'd love to hear from you!

02/20/2019

Due to a scheduling conflict and some serious snow build up, February's Hammer In is cancelled. We'll try again in March!

02/13/2019

Vote in our poll:
Do you want interactive programs for adults in the evening this summer?

Let us know!

We're installing a handicapped accessible bathroom on the main floor of the museum!  It will be ready for opening day Ma...
02/11/2019

We're installing a handicapped accessible bathroom on the main floor of the museum! It will be ready for opening day May 1, 2019.

02/07/2019

We are planning a program series about the Nelson House (once a month from May-Sept, probably 3rd Thursday). We want to have interactive activities like brick making, sawmill demo, and tree/wood ID sessions for kiddos in the morning.

Would adults come if there was an evening session available?

HOME FOUND We have an orphan touch lamp we need to get rid of (not part of the collection).  Would be good if you need r...
02/04/2019

HOME FOUND

We have an orphan touch lamp we need to get rid of (not part of the collection). Would be good if you need replacement glass panes. There are 5 panes intact and 1 pane broken at the end. Unknown if the lamp itself works.

Free for the taking. Contact Margaret if interested - 641-672-2989; [email protected]

#tbt Picture of Buxton, date unknown. From calendar in museum "Buxton" file. February 2010.
01/31/2019

#tbt Picture of Buxton, date unknown. From calendar in museum "Buxton" file. February 2010.

01/25/2019

Hard at work on a winter's day: 3 Men and a Sawzall. Board members Jay Fox and Bill Schinkel, with maintenance technician Rob Dannels, are clearing the way for the installation of a handicap accessible bathroom on the main floor. Don't worry, we saved the mammoth!

01/25/2019

Reminder: No Hammer In tomorrow. We'll see you next month! Blacksmith James Tower is here every 4th Saturday.

01/24/2019

Anyone else reminded of Laura Ingalls Wilder's The Long Winter when we have these prairie winds?

At least we all have electricity, plumbing, and insulated homes, right?

Did you know we are an official field trip destination for Girl Scout troops?  Remember, any educational groups (schools...
01/23/2019
More Things to Do | Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

Did you know we are an official field trip destination for Girl Scout troops? Remember, any educational groups (schools, daycares, homeschoolers, youth groups, 4-H clubs, Boy Scout troops) get our $2 educational rate for students and adults!

Check us out! http://www.girlscoutsiowa.org/en/events/more-to-do.html

From field trips and downloadable program kits, to discount events and more, check out all of the other great ways you can customize your Girl Scout experience!

A little reminder on why we recognize this extraordinary man. Thank you to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for what he did f...
01/21/2019
Martin Luther King Day: Life and times of the civil rights icon

A little reminder on why we recognize this extraordinary man. Thank you to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for what he did for this country and for all those who change history.

To celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Newsweek has selected key images from the remarkable life of an American icon.

01/18/2019

Due to a scheduling conflict, there will be no Hammer In on January 26.

A great crowd of Oskaloosa's Rotarians hosted our curator Margaret for their program this afternoon. Thanks, Rotary, for...
01/08/2019

A great crowd of Oskaloosa's Rotarians hosted our curator Margaret for their program this afternoon. Thanks, Rotary, for all you do in our community and for giving us an opportunity to speak with you!

01/07/2019

2019 program planning is in full swing! As a result, I will be in and out of a lot of meetings as we fill our summer with fun things!

If you call the office or my cell phone and I don't pick up, please leave a message and I will return your call once I am available. Thanks so much!

01/04/2019

Any local Oskaloosa/Mahaska County graphic designers, videographers, or photographers looking for a great experience this summer? We just came across this notice:

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Seeking Artist-in-Residence
The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site is seeking an artist for the national park's 2019 Artist-in-Residence Program. This year, the park is looking for a graphic designer, videographer, or photographer to create digital content that can used in online or print media. The Artist-in-Residence Program is open to professional American artists whose work can be inspired by the stories and historic features of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The residency lasts eight weeks during the months of June, July, and August. The artist lodges in one of the park's historic houses. The application period closes on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

Historic sites helping historic sites. :)

FACE of Mahaska County George Daily Auditorium William Penn University Oskaloosa Art Center and Studios Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group

01/02/2019

Happy 2019 from us to you!

Interested in being the first to know what 2019 brings for Nelson Pioneer? Become a member and get our quarterly newsletter with all of the goings-on. Call Margaret at 641-672-2989 or 641-670-7606 for more info!

12/19/2018

The office will be closed from Dec. 24 thru Jan. 1.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

We're so glad our Bradbury Hall can be used by our community!
12/17/2018

We're so glad our Bradbury Hall can be used by our community!

HERE IT IS!

We hope you join us on Friday, April 26 for our 4-H & FFA Fair FUNdraiser! All proceeds will cover the cost of 4-H & FFA judges fees, member premiums, and ribbons, trophies, & awards. Tickets will be available on Monday!

Thank you all for the generous support on Saturday at our Christmas event!  We hope you enjoyed the food and activities!...
12/17/2018

Thank you all for the generous support on Saturday at our Christmas event! We hope you enjoyed the food and activities!

Happy Holidays to everyone!

Popcorn is not just for eating. You can decorate your tree with a popcorn and cranberry garland. Learn how tonight!
12/15/2018

Popcorn is not just for eating. You can decorate your tree with a popcorn and cranberry garland. Learn how tonight!

Do you want to make a snowflake? Come tonight and make some! Anytime between 5:30 and 8:30!
12/15/2018

Do you want to make a snowflake? Come tonight and make some! Anytime between 5:30 and 8:30!

12/12/2018

Bradbury Hall is decorated and ready for Saturday! Hope to see everyone here. Stop by any time between 5:30 and 8:30 for food, music, and crafts!

Here is a great resource about Pearl Harbor as we commemorate this day of infamy.
12/07/2018

Here is a great resource about Pearl Harbor as we commemorate this day of infamy.

Visit the home page of the Museum's website to learn more about Pearl Harbor, including an overview essay from "The War in the Pacific" curriculum guide for teachers and a link to Harold Ward's eyewitness account of the attack: http://bit.ly/2PoyLgh. For further study, visit the companion website for the traveling exhibit "Infamy: December 1941": http://bit.ly/2PoPxM6. And watch the Electronic Field Trip "Remember Pearl Harbor": http://bit.ly/2PoSagW. Finally, join us via Livestream.com/nww2m and #FacebookLIVE at 11:30 a.m. CST on December 7, 2018, for a 77th anniversary commemoration ceremony.

Looking for a gift this season?  Consider giving a membership to the Historical Society/Nelson Pioneer Farm!  Membership...
12/03/2018

Looking for a gift this season? Consider giving a membership to the Historical Society/Nelson Pioneer Farm! Membership benefits include unlimited free admission, discounts at the museum shop and Bradbury Hall, and special members-only admission/prices on events! Family memberships are only $20 annually!

Print out and mail the form or call Margaret at 641-672-2989!

*Current members, you'll be getting your renewal letters in the mail this week*

11/30/2018

Lighted Christmas Parade

11/28/2018

We have resumed regular office hours. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you don't catch Margaret, leave a message and she'll get back to you!

11/26/2018

Our curator was delayed by the storm. She will be back in the office later this week and will return all phone calls and messages. Stay safe and enjoy our fresh layer of snow!

11/24/2018

Announcement: The office with be closed from Nov. 20 through Nov. 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Our curator will return for normal office hours on Monday, Nov. 26.

Normal winter office hours - Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Remember, if you volunteered with us at any point in 2018, or are a member of the Society, tonight is our Volunteer Appr...
11/19/2018

Remember, if you volunteered with us at any point in 2018, or are a member of the Society, tonight is our Volunteer Appreciation (and Quarterly meeting). Enjoy loose meat hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and ICE CREAM with a range of toppings!

We'll see you there! Starts at 6:30, very brief program at 7:00 (It's all about the food and company tonight, folks!)

Attention volunteers and members - Remember to RSVP to our Volunteer Appreciation meal and ice cream social next Monday,...
11/14/2018

Attention volunteers and members - Remember to RSVP to our Volunteer Appreciation meal and ice cream social next Monday, Nov. 19.

We want to make sure there's enough food for everyone! Email [email protected], call 641-672-2989, or comment below.

#MuseumMonday Outreach opportunities abound in the winter. We were the program for 29 Grinnell Lions Club members today!...
11/12/2018

#MuseumMonday Outreach opportunities abound in the winter. We were the program for 29 Grinnell Lions Club members today! Lots of great questions and hopefully some new visitors to the site next season!

If you or your club needs a program, just let me know. We're always happy to share info and insights about the Nelson Pioneer Farm!

Thank you to all of our veterans for their service!  May we never forget the origins of Veteran's Day - Armistice Day en...
11/11/2018

Thank you to all of our veterans for their service! May we never forget the origins of Veteran's Day - Armistice Day ending World War I - the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 1918.

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2211 Nelson Ln
Oskaloosa, IA
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