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.

06/04/2019

ISO: 2 drawer filing cabinets for genealogy library (ideally 2).
Don't need to lock.
Metal or wood OK.

05/29/2019

We will be closed today, Wed. May 29 due to staff scheduling.

Did you know that Memorial Day was originally Decoration Day after citizens and communities gathered to honor the fallen...
05/27/2019

Did you know that Memorial Day was originally Decoration Day after citizens and communities gathered to honor the fallen from the Civil War?

Here are some Civil War artifacts on display in our museum, plus the graves of fallen war mules, Jennie and Becky.

Remember the reason for today and have a nice holiday, all!

05/24/2019

Have any craft supplies you don't need? We'll take 'em!

- fabrics (even small pieces that can be used for rag rugs)
- yarns, floss, strings
- embroidery hoops
- needles, bigger and blunt ideal
- acrylic paint
- craft sticks
- scissors
- glue
- shoe boxes
- tin cans (8-16 oz ideal)
- construction paper
- stencils
- clay/brick mud

If you have anything to offer, we'll sort through it for you!
Call Margaret with questions or to schedule a drop off! 641-672-2989

Hammer In on Saturday!  Let's hope the rain holds off until after you all finish!  If you plan to attend, please help ou...
05/23/2019

Hammer In on Saturday! Let's hope the rain holds off until after you all finish! If you plan to attend, please help our blacksmith out and give him a call so he can have materials prepped.

You can also call the office at 641-672-2989 and Margaret will let him know you're coming. Just leave a message if she doesn't answer, she may be on a tour.

Hey Everybody, hope you can join us for the Hammer In this Saturday at Nelson Pioneer Farms and Museum, at 10 am. If you are planning on attending please let me know, people telling me I can expect them is helpful so I can prepare and make sure I bring the right things with me. Telling me you are not coming, while courteous, doesn't really help... it just makes me sad lol. If you have never come before, t doesn't cost anything, and this is set up to help you get started, even if you have no experience. Actually that is a lot of the point! But please make sure you do not wear synthetic clothing that could potentially be flammable. Wear leather closed toed shoes. If you have some leather gloves, safety glasses, and/or relevant tools. I do bring safety gear like glasses, and gloves, but my gloves are starting to really need some replacement.

05/12/2019
Thank you to every teacher, teacher's aide, and educator in our community and lives!  Special shout out to everyone who ...
05/08/2019

Thank you to every teacher, teacher's aide, and educator in our community and lives! Special shout out to everyone who brings their students to our site every May. School groups are a great time for us and we love hosting you!

05/04/2019

We've had a great weekend so far! Be sure to stop by after your adventures at Pella's Tulip Time, What Cheer flea market, and William Penn's commencement.

Open until 4 p.m. today!
Open Noon-5 p.m. Sunday (last ticket sells at 4 p.m.)!

05/01/2019

We are still open until 4 today. We've already had some local folks and travelers from TN enjoy our Opening Day!

04/26/2019
Forgiven Forge

Our blacksmith is getting ready! You can always contact James through the Forgiven Forge page or on ours, and we'll get him your message/question.

Next hammer in is out at Nelson Pioneer Farm's Blacksmithing shop, Saturday at 10 am. Let's make some awesome things out of glowing metal! I have 4 precut hammer blanks ready to go. I plan to cut up quite a few cross blanks as well to bring along. Let me know if you have a project in mind, and I will try to rough cut some stock for it to bring along.

Check out our new pop-up exhibit at the Penn Central Mall! Explore some coal mining history and come out and see us afte...
04/22/2019

Check out our new pop-up exhibit at the Penn Central Mall! Explore some coal mining history and come out and see us after we open May 1. The panels turned out amazing! Thanks to Doty's for printing!

04/19/2019

Margaret will be out of the office at noon on Good Friday and will return after noon on Monday.

Happy Easter everyone!

What a sad day.  Margaret Ademeit was a dedicated history enthusiast and volunteered her time and skills to our genealog...
04/18/2019
Remembering the life of Margaret Ademeit 1941 - 2019

What a sad day. Margaret Ademeit was a dedicated history enthusiast and volunteered her time and skills to our genealogy library for several years. It is thanks to her time and energy that much of our archives was saved and organized. Thank you for your service, Margaret. You will be missed.

http://obituaries.oskaloosa.com/obituary/margaret-ademeit-1941-2019-1074077611

Margaret Ademeit passed away 2019-4-16 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. This is the full obituary story where you can express condolences and share memories. Services by Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Home.

04/17/2019

PSA: We are not a public park. We are a historic site with specific open hours. In order to protect our buildings and artifacts, we have to operate in this way.

Photographers, we appreciate that you enjoy our views enough to bring clients here. But you need to call our Director Margaret at 641-672-2989 or email her at [email protected] to get permission. She needs to let our caretaker (who lives on site) know that cars and people will be around the site and that they have permission to be there.

Thank you.

Please share to help us spread the word!

It is National Volunteers Week and we have some fantastic volunteers around our site. Just this week, our oats have been...
04/10/2019

It is National Volunteers Week and we have some fantastic volunteers around our site. Just this week, our oats have been planted and our genealogy library is being painted by volunteer power. Thank you all for what you do! We wouldn't function without you all!

Pictures are just a few volunteers working on projects around this museum this busy winter.

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!

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2211 Nelson Ln
Oskaloosa, IA
52577

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