Last updated: 6/23/2022
Quasqueton, Iowa
Street Address
105 N Water Street
Quasqueton, IA 53236
Mailing Address
PO Box 224
Quasqueton, IA 52326
phone: 319-318-2007
e-mail: qhistorical@yahoo.com
web: quaskyhistoricalsociety.com
Hours
Memorial Day through mid-October
Weekends and Holidays 1 to 3 pm
Sunday, Saturday1 PM - 11:59 PM
Additional hours by special request
Admissions
Free
Services
Gift Shop
Staff
Deb Crawford, Volunteer
Description

We are a local museum dedicated to preserving the history of Quasqueton, Iowa and the surrounding townships.

Our first floor brings you into the home of the days gone by. Visit the vintage parlor, play the pump organ or listen to the Victrola.

Step through the doorway and visit our retail establishment, doctor or check to see if you know any of the businesses in our miniature town and advertising area. In the bank vault you will also find many interesting financial artifacts.

On the second floor, take a look at our wonderful camera timeline exhibit. It is hard to believe how cameras and photos have changed in the last 100 years!

Step into the dressing room and prepare for the “play”. The hats and shoes may be put on in the presence of one of our volunteers, just for the fun of dressing up. Pay particular attention to the two crinolines (hoop slips) on display from the 1860′s.

Sit in the old classroom and experience the feel of the vintage desks. Type on an old typewriter and write on the chalkboard.

In the basement, you can take a glance back at the typical day in the life of a country housewife – canning, cooking and pressing. Learn a new appreciation for our modern conveniences while appreciating the ingenuity and craftmanship of days gone by.

A day in the life of a farmer is part of the exhibits in the Finders Texaco Station addition. Or take a glimpse of the days of the railroad in Quasqueton and read through over 1200 articles relating to the short life of the C.A.N. Railroad. Or purchase our book published in 2022 "The Chicago, Anamosa & Northern - Wapsie Valley Route" by Gary Holzinger!

Mission

Our mission is to preserve local history and teach the lessons of the past to all visitors. We have many hands on exhibits for all ages to experience.

History

The Quasqueton Area Historical Society was founded in 1989. The main building housed the State Savings bank and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The second building is a restored gas station that houses both farm and transportation exhibits.

Artifact Collections

We have a sizable collection of obituaries, scrapbooks and photos indexed. Research assistance is available upon request.

Research Collections

We have a sizable collection of obituaries, scrapbooks and photos indexed. Research assistance is available upon request.

Library

Research

In addition to our museum, our society offers lots of materials and photographs for personal or academic research. Looking for information about your family? We have extensive files for many area families. Interested in the history of the area? We can help with that, too.

Come in, and we will point you in the right direction. If you can’t come yourself, Contact us and we’ll work something out. (We may be able to do the research for you, but we will require a small donation in return.) If we can’t help, Buchanan County Genealogical Society may be able to help.

Access: General Public

Appointment required: No

Publications
  • Annual newsletters are mailed to all members and residents in May of each year.
  • ADA

    All three floors are handicapped accessible.

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Parking

    Restrooms

    Services

    Volunteer

    Interested in volunteering for our society? We always welcome new volunteers!

    Gift Shop: Interested in owning a piece of history?

    We have two wonderful area history books for sale. Stop on by or contact us to acquire one for your own collection. (Note: Quantities are limited.)

    Gift Shop

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