Warren County Historic Preservation Commission

Warren County Historic Preservation Commission The purpose of the commission is to promote the educational, cultural, economic and general welfare of the public through the recognition, enhancement, and perpetuation of sites and districts of historical and cultural significance.

05/01/2020

Happy Friday from the Warren County Historical Preservation Commission. We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe and healthy.
If you or someone you know loves history and would like to be part of the preservation efforts of Warren County's heritage, here is your opportunity to be part of the Warren County Historical Preservation Commission.
We are looking to fill an open seat on the board with a gentleman who resides in Warren County.
The county requires that boards and commissions be "gender balanced". We currently have three female board members and one male member. Therefore this opening is only open to male candidates.
Please share the post with your friends in the community. The board meets once a month. Right now all our meetings are conducted via Zoom Meetings due to Covid 19 Virus.
Please message us and we will send you the application.
Thanks a million for your interest

Warren County Historic Preservation Commission
05/01/2020

Warren County Historic Preservation Commission

07/18/2019
Historic Palmyra Church Restoration Project

Historic Palmyra Church Restoration Project

Saturday Fundraiser!

Are you coming to the fundraiser this Saturday? The fun starts at 4pm with food and music. The auction will begin at 6pm with lots of fun stuff from local artists and businesses that will help raise money to support restoration efforts. All funds raised (that's 100%!) go toward restoration of the Palmyra Historic Church. The event will take place in the church, so if you haven't see the inside yet, stop by for a visit and a bite to eat. The outside of the building looks great, but the inside.... well, let's just say we have some work to do. That's why we need you to come and help us continue to save this wonderful piece of Iowa history.

See you Saturday in Palmyra! Bring a lawn chair, if you have one.

Congratulations to the dedicated individuals who have made this restoration project a reality! As stated - there is much...
11/27/2018

Congratulations to the dedicated individuals who have made this restoration project a reality! As stated - there is much more work to be done, so please consider supporting them in their efforts to continue restoring and preserving this beautiful church. #givingtuesday

Our church is looking so beautiful! Thanks to the generosity of so many of you, this wonderful piece of Warren County history has been saved from demolition. We have come a long way, but there is still so much to do. The foundation work is only half done and we still have the interior to complete. As you consider your year end giving, we hope you will include this project in your donations so we can finish the work and make this a usable building for all of Central Iowa. Let’s ensure this beautiful landmark stands for another 150 years!

100% of your tax deductible donations go toward restoration of this church.

You can donate using PayPal at: www.palmyrahistoricchurch.org
or mail your check to:

Palmyra Historic Church Restoration
℅ Bob Lanman, Township Clerk
18561 Erbe St.
Carlisle, IA 50047

Thank you!

Support more historic preservation!! Besides who doesn’t love soup when it’s this cold out!
11/10/2018

Support more historic preservation!! Besides who doesn’t love soup when it’s this cold out!

Big announcement at 6 pm! Hope everyone is planning to attend!
Great homemade food and desserts! Great cause! The Lustron Home will be saved for the next generation!

Congratulation on all the hard work and progress! Very impressive!
10/24/2018

Congratulation on all the hard work and progress! Very impressive!

In case you forgot how far the work to save this wonderful old church as come....
The painting was finished today and the difference in the before and after pictures is amazing. Thank you so much to the entire Palmyra community and to everyone who believed in the importance of saving this piece of Iowa history. Thank you to the Palmyra Trustees for supporting the efforts to raise money and for managing the project, to the Stitchery Club for the fundraisers, to the James family for the beautiful donation of artwork, to the contractors and craftsmen who completed the work, and to the wonderful donors whose generous contributions helped make all of this possible!

Historic Palmyra Church Restoration Project
10/18/2018

Historic Palmyra Church Restoration Project

What a beautiful sight! The weather is finally cooperating and our old church has a fresh coat of primer! If the weather stays sunny and relatively warm, we will have a painted church very soon! Thank you to Ken Ashley for the great work!

What great progress!!
10/18/2018

What great progress!!

What a beautiful sight! The weather is finally cooperating and our old church has a fresh coat of primer! If the weather stays sunny and relatively warm, we will have a painted church very soon! Thank you to Ken Ashley for the great work!

Country Schools are an important part of our State's history
09/25/2018
Preservation Iowa

Country Schools are an important part of our State's history

Hey Preservation folks, the annual Country Schools conference is coming up quick! Tune in to KCWI-TV Channel 23 (if you have it) at 8:10a.m on Wed. Sept. 26 to see conference organizer Bill Sherman talk about what is planned.

Whether you're enjoying a historic landscape or a city-based national park, take a moment to ask your members of Congres...
09/25/2018

Whether you're enjoying a historic landscape or a city-based national park, take a moment to ask your members of Congress to protect public lands. Join us in showing your support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Restore Our Parks Act at https://savingplac.es/2zmKS8I

Today is the 25th annual Public Lands Day. Whether you're enjoying a historic landscape or a city-based national park, take a moment to ask your members of Congress to protect public lands. Join us in showing your support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Restore Our Parks Act at https://savingplac.es/2zmKS8I

📷 by William H. Ransom (Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park); National Park Service (Ocmulgee National Monument); Adobe Stock ( WWII Valor in the Pacific National Park)

Project progress continues.
08/10/2018

Project progress continues.

We are so fortunate to have outstanding local craftsmen! Here, Brian Wysong replaces the front doors of the church. He was able to build exact replicas as the original doors were damaged beyond repair. The interior doors were in good shape and Brian did a wonder job of refinishing! Thank you Brian and a huge thank you to the Warren County Philanthropic Partnership for funding this project!!

If you are attending the Downtown Conference in Waterloo... I encourage you attend this award ceremony with a bonus walk...
07/22/2018
2018 Preservation at its Best Awards

If you are attending the Downtown Conference in Waterloo... I encourage you attend this award ceremony with a bonus walking tour....

Join Preservation Iowa and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for a celebratory luncheon highlighting best practices in historic preservation across the state! Recipients of Preservation Iowa’s Preservation at its Best awards and SHPO’s Preservation Projects of Merit awards will be an...

Preservation Iowa
07/22/2018
Preservation Iowa

Preservation Iowa

Did you miss the Preservation at its Best nomination deadline? This is your LUCK DAY! The deadline has been EXTENDED to July 22... Get those nominations in.

Here's your chance to recognize a meaningful rehabilitation project in your community!

#TBT -with a look back at  Lake Ahquabi State Park. On November 15, 1990 three areas of the park were listed on the Nati...
06/28/2018

#TBT -with a look back at Lake Ahquabi State Park. On November 15, 1990 three areas of the park were listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Their historic importance is derived from their association with the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps).
Respectful use of historic places strengthens and enhances our quality of life!

National Trust for Historic Preservation
06/28/2018
National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Today, we're announcing 2018's list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. This year's list--our 31st--includes a diverse mix of historic places across America facing a range of challenges and threats, from deferred maintenance to inappropriate development proposals to devastation wrought by natural disasters.

Historic places are irreplaceable and are being lost through disuse and inappropriate development. Please contact us if ...
06/19/2018

Historic places are irreplaceable and are being lost through disuse and inappropriate development. Please contact us if you have questions about how we can help you save a structure.

Please join us in urging your Members of Congress to support this bill, to enhance the historic tax credit’s power to cr...
06/19/2018
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Please join us in urging your Members of Congress to support this bill, to enhance the historic tax credit’s power to create jobs and revitalize communities throughout the country.

ACT NOW! Last fall, your voices were instrumental to helping save the Historic Tax Credit during the tax reform process. Now, we need you to urge members of Congress to support new legislation that would modernize the credit and bring it into alignment with other similar tax incentives. Thank you!

The hard work and progress continues!
06/19/2018

The hard work and progress continues!

If you have driven by the church lately, you might have noticed Andy Harder working on windows. We are lucky to have such a skilled craftsman working on the building and even luckier that he is local! Seven of the windows are completed and number 8 is in progress.

Later in the month, another local craftsman, Troy Ohnemus, will be finishing up repairs to the steeple. Stayed tuned for photos and updates as work continues!

Good food for a good cause...
06/17/2018

Good food for a good cause...

WHAT TIME IS IT..? It's time to plan on attending our monthly "Breakfast Buffet" next Saturday. Come and enjoy a great breakfast and talk with your friends and neighbors. We hope to see you !!!

Very proud of all who have worked tirelessly to make this church restoration project a reality. Your time and efforts ar...
05/29/2018

Very proud of all who have worked tirelessly to make this church restoration project a reality. Your time and efforts are paying off! Keep up the great work!

Great News!!!

The Palmyra Trustees received grant funds from the Warren County Philanthropic Partnership (WCPP) for assistance with the restoration of the church! Palmyra Trustees Linda Guffey, Mike Reynolds and Marilyn Halterman (pictured) were presented with checks at the awards luncheon last week. The total amount received was $14,813, which includes the first ever High Impact Grant for $10,000 and an additional grant for $4,813. These funds will help with foundation repairs and additional work on the steeple. A huge THANK YOU to the WCPP for their much needed and appreciated assistance! These funds will qualify as matching funds for the State of Iowa grant, which makes them even more valuable and important. We hope to see these funds grow as we continue our grant writing efforts. Be sure and send your words of thanks to the WCPP and check out our photos for ongoing progress.

Historic Palmyra Church Restoration Project
05/21/2018

Historic Palmyra Church Restoration Project

Great News!!!

The Palmyra Trustees received grant funds from the Warren County Philanthropic Partnership (WCPP) for assistance with the restoration of the church! Palmyra Trustees Linda Guffey, Mike Reynolds and Marilyn Halterman (pictured) were presented with checks at the awards luncheon last week. The total amount received was $14,813, which includes the first ever High Impact Grant for $10,000 and an additional grant for $4,813. These funds will help with foundation repairs and additional work on the steeple. A huge THANK YOU to the WCPP for their much needed and appreciated assistance! These funds will qualify as matching funds for the State of Iowa grant, which makes them even more valuable and important. We hope to see these funds grow as we continue our grant writing efforts. Be sure and send your words of thanks to the WCPP and check out our photos for ongoing progress.

Celebrate and explore historic places throughout Preservation Month!
05/03/2018
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Celebrate and explore historic places throughout Preservation Month!

This Preservation Month, let's celebrate and explore historic places, starting with one action a day through the month of May. We can’t wait to see what you accomplish!

Our structures and landmarks are important to our communities, and respectful use of historic places strengthens and enh...
05/03/2018

Our structures and landmarks are important to our communities, and respectful use of historic places strengthens and enhances our quality of life.

LIBERTY CENTRE, IA (WARREN County)

FOUNDED: 1878
FOUNDERS: J.W. Proctor & J. Davidson
NAME ORIGIN: Liberty Township
INCORPORATED: N/A
POST OFFICE: 1867- Present
1900 CENSUS POPULATION: N/A
2010 CENSUS POPULATION: N/A
LOCATION: Sections 15, 21 & 22 of Liberty Township

THE CREATION OF THE TOWN:

The seven and one half irregular plat of Liberty Centre was laid out in 1875, however it was not filed for three years. The post office predated the town by nearly a decade. The original lots sold were located on the southeast corner Tyler Street and 160th Ave. Highway 65 is 160th Ave until the town, where it diverges westward a short distance. Current SE 27th St, and Church Streets were part of the original plat as well.

In terms of size, the town has not changed much since its creation. Hampered by the lack of railroad access, it grew slowly. Furthermore, it also had no enterprise to entice the railroads--for example there was not a single coal mine in the township. However, many farmers counted on the post office, and this sustained its existence. In time, other businesses and necessities were built. The Liberty Methodist Church still stands in its original location as does the now the Farmer's Bank building (abandoned at the time of the photographing.) The Methodist Congregation was established around 1856 and its current building was completed in 1871. The present post office is where the store is and the I.O.O.F. hall was diagonal to this. For many years, the I.O.O.F. and Masons had thriving lodges here. Both were founded in 1874. Directly south of the lodge was the Friends Church. A small school was located south of the Methodist Church. Other businesses included a blacksmith shop (S. McKinney being one of the blacksmiths), two general stores, a hardware store, furniture shop, undertaker and later a cafe, two garages and a gas station.

FAST FACTS:

1) Liberty Center is one of two Warren County post offices located in unincorporated communities. Prole is the other one.
2) The spelling "centre," is used interchangeably with "center." The name was formally changed from "Liberty Centre," to "Liberty Center," in 1893.
3) Southeast Warren Junior/Senior High is located in Liberty Center.

TOWN MOTTO or SLOGAN: None

TOWN FESTIVAL: None

DON'T MISS:

1) The Liberty Center Methodist Church
2) The town park and playground

Sources:

Birdsall, Williams & Co. (1879) The history of Warren County, Iowa. Des Moines: Union Historical Co.

Schultz, G. & D.L. Berry, et. al. (1953). History of Warren County, Iowa. Indianola, IA: The Record and Tribune Co.

Are you looking to connect with fellow stewards of Iowa history? Check this out!
04/05/2018
State Historical Society of Iowa

Are you looking to connect with fellow stewards of Iowa history? Check this out!

Are you a staff member or a volunteer of a history organization in Iowa? If so, you're invited to join our Local History Network to connect with fellow stewards of #IowaHistory! One benefit of joining the LHN is that you gain access to various toolkits to help you succeed.

Toolkits available include Objects, Buildings and Archives Care, General Collections Care, Disaster Planning, and Administration & Operations. Learn more about the LHN and sign up here: bit.ly/2u1vgHm

National Trust for Historic Preservation
04/04/2018
National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

This #TransformationTuesday, here are a few tips to help you decide whether to restore or rehabilitate your historic house.

03/30/2018

Do you need a speaker for your group? Contact the Warren County Zoning Department at 961-1060.

We currently have two topics available: Historic Preservation 101 and an introduction to the Warren County Historic Preservation Commission.

03/30/2018
National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

“Howell is a prime example of a small rural community that is doing big things. They have all the charm you’d expect in a historic Main Street community, but they don’t stop there,” said Patrice Frey, President and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Howell Downtown [a 2018 Great American Main Street Award Winner] is setting itself apart as a supportive place for entrepreneurs and business owners and that’s how we’re seeing small communities stay competitive in today’s economy.”

State Historical Society of Iowa
03/28/2018

State Historical Society of Iowa

From prairie churches to urban cathedrals and synagogues, historic sacred places are often the oldest, and most beautiful, buildings within our communities. Grants from the National Fund for Sacred Places help to keep these places as an important part of our national cultural heritage.

The Fund for Sacred Places is a comprehensive program that provides training, planning grants, and capital grants from $50,000 to $250,000 to congregations of all faiths for rehabilitation work on their historic facilities. Letters of Intent are due April 17: fundforsacredplaces.org

We are a committee of volunteers lending our time and talents, serving as a resource to help protect and preserve physic...
03/15/2018
Awards & Grants-Iowa Barn Foundation

We are a committee of volunteers lending our time and talents, serving as a resource to help protect and preserve physical reminders of our past, in the present and for the future.

The Iowa Barn Foundation is dedicated to preserving Iowa's rural agricultural buildings by giving barn tours and raising money.

State Historical Society of Iowa
03/14/2018
State Historical Society of Iowa

State Historical Society of Iowa

Apply for up to $5,000 in grant funding to assist in the preservation and maintenance of a one-room or two-room country school in Iowa. In addition to preservation efforts, grant funds may be used for historical interpretation or educational activities relating to the school.

Learn more and apply by April 25: bit.ly/2n01TAD

Address

301 North Buxton Street, Suite 210
Indianola, IA
50125

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(515) 771-7277

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