Wapello County Historical Society & Museum Hire Full-Time Director!
We are excited to announce that the Wapello County Historical Society Board of Directors has successfully hired Dr. Rick Woten as its first full-time director. Please see our press release for more information.
Wapello County Historical Society Strategic Planning
The Society is in the process of developing a new strategic plan, in conjunction with Area 15 Regional Planning Commission and a grant from the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, to help guide the museum into new and better decision making. The goal of the Society is to bring new and fresh ideas to Wapello County that will emphasize the rich history of our area. The planning is projected to adopt and enact the new plan by winter 2019. Please stick with us during this ‘re-construction’ phase, and thanks!
History of the Wapello County Historical Society
The Wapello County Historical Society was organized October 14, 1959. The Grand Opening at the present location at 210 W. Main St., Ottumwa, Iowa, was held June 11, 1988. As there was no elevator to the second floor, $55,000 was raised within a year and an elevator was in operation by September of 1989. Ottumwa comes from the Sauk word “Au-tum-way-e-naukor” meaning “land of the rippling waters.”
The mission of the Wapello County Historical Society is to identify, collect, and preserve the manifestations of Wapello County History, including but not limited to, documents, printed materials, images, and artifacts, in order to increase and enrich, through educational programs, printed materials, and exhibits.
Check Out Our New Image Archive
One of our previous board members scanned in photos submitted by the public. There are approximately 5000 images of historical people and places here in the Wapello County area.
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