Wapello County Historical Society & Museum Closed for Relocation and Redevelopment During the Remainder of 2020
The Society’s executive committee has determined that it best to close the Museum for the remainder of 2020 to facilitate our build out and relocation to our new facility located at 700 Farm Credit Drive, Ottumwa, IA (Don’t worry! We are in the process of requesting the renaming of the “Drive” to a more applicable name).
We are planning new exhibits, programming, services, and rentable meeting, gathering, and classroom spaces, among many other changes!
We thank you for your understanding and we are excited to welcome you through our doors upon our reopening!
Stay tuned to this website and our social media pages for updates in the weeks to come.
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.
We are a private non-profit organization; NOT funded by the county.
We rely solely on YOUR donations, gifts, memorials, sponsorships, and grants!
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