Street Address
7118 S 15th Ave W
Newton, IA 50208
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 834
Newton, IA 50208
Hours
May 1 - Sept 30: Mon - Sun 1-5
Admissions
Adults: $5.00
Students: $2.00
Preschool and Members - free
Staff
Audrey C Rex, Director

Description

The campus contains three buildings housing the artifacts related to Jasper County History including the Maytag exhibit.

One of the outstanding attractions near the entrance to the museum is a bas-relief sculpture depicting the history of Jasper County. It is 40 feet long showing four historical periods. It was done by Newton artist Herman I. Deaton with funds made available by the Jasper County Conservation Board and the Jasper County Historical Society. There is an Iowa Native American diorama, theater, quilt exhibit and more! There is also extensive agriculture equipment located in the barn.

Our museum contains exhibits relating to a variety of industries active in the county's past and present including: blacksmithing, brick and tile works, foundries, the railroads, and the manufacture of farm implements including grain sorters, potato planters and pickers. The registration desk in the Museum lobby is from the Grand Hotel in Colfax and is a reminder of the mineral springs and spa era in that community.

History

The Jasper County Historical Museum was dedicated May 6, 1979. It is the result of the generosity and desire of many Jasper County residents who wanted to preserve the history of the area for future generations. The museum contains many interesting exhibits utilizing over 8,000 artifacts that have been donated to the society over the years.