Worth County Historical Society




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You have reached the official website for the Worth County Historical Society!

The Worth County Historical Society operates nine locations located throughout the county.  Please select the Sites menu for detailed information and hours of operation for each property.  The main office for the Society is located at the Main Museum in Northwood.

The Bolan Schoolhouse & Cultural Center will be hosting an educational program and soup luncheon fundraiser on Sunday, November 18, 2018.  Serving for the luncheon fundraiser will be from 11:00 am – 1:15 pm.  For $6, enjoy homemade soups, sandwiches, bars, and beverages in the lower level of the Barton No. 2 schoolhouse.

At 1:30 pm, an educational program will begin in the upper level of the 1923 renovated school.  In the season of Thanksgiving, we are reminded to give thanks for the many freedoms we often take for granted.  Our program will be a guest speaker Karl Schaper, a German immigrant, now United States citizen from Nora Springs, Iowa, who will talk for an hour about his time as a teenager in Germany during the Hitler domination, WW II, and the Iron Curtain.  He will share true stories of his own personal experiences and those of which he witnessed.   Karl is also an author of a book published in 2016 about a character in his own image; a tale written to be enjoyed by teens as well as adults.  His novel, “The Three Towers of Home” will also be available for sale and autographing following the program.  A free-will donation will be collected from the upper level to help off-set expenses for the program.

Join us Sunday, November 18, at 4206 Tulip Lane (Bolan Mainstreet), Kensett, IA  50448; located 5 mi E and 1 mi N of Kensett.  For more information check out www.bolaniowa.com or contact Lori Willert at 641-903-9472, lwillert@wctatel.net. 

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Hours for most sites

Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m. first Sunday in June through the last Sunday in August.

Exceptions to hours: June 16th Hanlontown Bank Museum and Cabin open. All other locations closed for County Fair. Site specific exceptions are listed on the page for that site.

Visits by appointment are are available for some sites. See the page for the site you want to visit.

 Information, Photos, and Artifacts

The WCHS is always looking for historical resources to add to our museum collections.  If you have any information, photos, or artifacts to contribute to one of the museums, please contact us by visiting our contact page.  We look forward to hearing from you!