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.

Operating as usual

08/10/2021

The Warren County Historic Preservation Commission would like to invite local residents and property owners to be part of history in the county. As the first step in their Planning for Preservation project, they are hosting a public meeting for all residents of Warren County on Tuesday September 14 at 6:30 p.m. The public meeting will collect public input on history and historic preservation in Warren County, provide information on the importance of historic preservation, and outline potential preservation activities in Warren County. Everyone is invited to attend, to learn about historic preservation, and to provide their input and perspective on historic preservation in Warren County. The public meeting will be held on Tuesday September 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room in the County Administration Building at 301 N. Buxton St in Indianola. The Planning for Preservation project is funded through a Certified Local Government (CLG) grant from the State Historical Society of Iowa.

Great opportunity for learning about Iowa history and preservation efforts of its historic heritage#preserveiowasummit20...
04/08/2021
Preserve Iowa Summit

Great opportunity for learning about Iowa history and preservation efforts of its historic heritage
#preserveiowasummit2021
#historicpreservation
#iowaheritage

Online June 3-5, 2021Cohosted by Council

175 Years of History at Warren County and Iowa
03/10/2021
Iowa 175th Anniversary

175 Years of History at Warren County and Iowa

Iowa 175th Anniversary Join us in commemorating the 175 years of Iowa statehood On December 28, 2021, Iowa will mark a major milestone: 175 years of statehood. So throughout 2021, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs invites Iowans of all ages to learn more about the people and places that have s...

In Celebration of Black History Month, a little bit of history on the migration of African Americans to the Mid-West inc...
02/01/2021
Enslavement to the Great Migration

In Celebration of Black History Month, a little bit of history on the migration of African Americans to the Mid-West including Iowa.
#iowahistory, #BlackHistoryMonth.

How does oppression force people to either stay or move? Historians often examine the issues that lead people to migrate in terms of "push-pull" factors. Were difficult times at home "pushing" people away or was the promise of better lives "pulling" them somewhere else? Usually the answer lies in a....

Merry Christmas from of all usTo you and Your Families
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas from of all us
To you and Your Families

12/02/2020
A Country Christmas Gala

See you Saturday, Dec. 5th at the Middle River Friends Church from 9-2 for A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS GALA! Shop inside following the CDC guidelines, or use our curbside pickup. SHOP LOCAL - SHOP SAFE. Purchase a few Christmas gifts and some goodies to freeze until Christmas! Here is a list of items available for curbside pickup. Just jot down your choices and hand it to one of our volunteers in the lane reserved. Please have exact change or a little extra for a tip - this is a fundraiser for the Historic Palmyra Church! (pictured is Christmas cards of Warren Country scenes by Aaron Miller Photography) https://forms.gle/SYpGxRqcdNZdZHbk9 and visit our page https://www.facebook.com/A-Country-Christmas-Gala-100239221923773

Christmas, just like the ones you used to know. Live music, cider, homemade food and other items for purchase.

Great News!!!#warrencountyiowa, #Warrencountyhistoricalpreservationcommmission
11/18/2020

Great News!!!
#warrencountyiowa, #Warrencountyhistoricalpreservationcommmission

Happy #CLGMonday! Today, we'd like to congratulate Warren County, Iowa! Please join us in welcoming a new member to the Certified Local Government (#CLG) community!

"Warren County was founded in 1846 and was named for American Revolutionary War hero, General Joseph Warren . It is a predominantly rural county, with its County seat in the City of Indianola. Today the county is transforming, as the northern portion is rapidly developing into suburbs of Des Moines. Warren County currently has 12 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county.

The area is well know for its rolling landscape sprinkled with wineries and historic farmsteads. What is less well know is the county's role in supporting racial justice, equality, and the dignity of persons of color. Local abolitionists and religious groups (largely Quakers) were dedicated to running the Underground Railroad from their homes and churches, assisting African American slaves on their journey north to freedom. In 1890, Simpson College in Indianola admitted a young man who was born into slavery. He was accepted at Simpson when other colleges had rejected him for being black. That young man was George Washington Carver, who subsequently became of one of America's great agronomists and inventors."

Photograph of Simpson College, College Hall

To learn more about the Certified Local Government Program, please visit https://www.nps.gov/clg/

Information courtesy of the Warren County Historic Preservation Commission

Photo courtesy of Simpson College

#PreservationThroughPartnership #STLPG #NPS #HistoricPreservation #HPF

10/10/2020
Iowa Culture

Iowa Culture

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs empowers Iowans to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting to the people, places and points of pride that define our state.

10/08/2020

Great News !!!
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs offers
new grants for derecho relief

DES MOINES – Iowa museums, historic sites and other cultural organizations that have been affected by the derecho storm may be eligible for a recovery grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Grants of up to $5,000 are intended to support Iowa humanities organizations impacted by the August windstorm, including museums, historic properties, preservation and historical organizations, and community and cultural organizations located in the 16 counties designated as disaster relief areas, according to criteria from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Funding is made possible through a Chairman’s Grant for Disaster Mitigation from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency. The NEH awarded $30,000 to the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs to redistribute to eligible Iowa humanities organizations.

“This summer’s windstorm caused damage that will take Iowa’s most impacted cultural organizations time and effort to repair," Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Chris Kramer said. "With the NEH's support, we are pleased to be able to help organizations care for their local collections put at risk by the storm."

The Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund provides short-term financial relief for those in the arts, cultural, creative and humanities fields most impacted by state disaster declarations, natural disasters, and other forms of emergencies and is administered by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

"We appreciate the federal support from the NEH and our Congressional delegation," Iowa Arts Council Administrator David Schmitz said. "These funds will make such a difference for Iowans facing yet another challenge this year."

Applications for the grants will be considered on a rolling basis as long as funds are available. Applicants can find details online at iowaculture.gov.

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its divisions – the State Historical Society of Iowa, including the State Historic Preservation Office; the Iowa Arts Council; and Produce Iowa, the state office of media production – empower Iowans to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting to the people, places and points of pride that define our state. iowaculture.gov.
#historicpreservationgrants, #derechorelief, #iowasart&culture

After months of work by our commission, The Warren County Historic Preservation Commission received notification today t...
08/07/2020
Benefits

After months of work by our commission, The Warren County Historic Preservation Commission received notification today that ( NPS ) The National Park Service letter concurring with the Iowa State Historic Preservation Office ( SHPO)'s certification of Warren County into its Certified Local Government program. This is a great achievement for our County.
Iowa has the largest Certified Local Government Program in the country. ... More than 90 cities and counties in the state have used historic preservation programs and Certified Local Government status to revitalize downtowns and stabilize historic neighborhoods.
Acceptance into the Certified Local Government Program makes your community eligible for funding, training, technical assistance and access to a supportive network of other preservation-minded communities.
For more information please click the link below:
https://iowaculture.gov/history/preservation/certified-local-governments/benefits

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!

Address

301 North Buxton Street, Suite 210
Indianola, IA
50125

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(515) 771-7277

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