Des Moines County Historical Society

Find Des Moines County Iowa historical societies. Historical societies provide information on the history and culture of a specific area, through the use of museum and library art exhibits and programs.


Des Moines County Historical Society 501 North 4th Street Burlington IA 52601 319-753-2449


About Des Moines County Historical Societies

Des Moines County Historical Societies are local organizations and history museums dedicated to studying, preserving, and fostering an appreciation of the past, with an emphasis on the local community's history in Des Moines County, IA. Historical Societies in Des Moines County encourage and engage in the collection and preservation of historical artifacts, photographs, and personal stories. Many Historical Societies conduct research about local businesses and families, which they make accessible and available as public records and exhibits.

You may contact the Historical Society for questions about:
  • Des Moines County Historical Society exhibits and events
  • Des Moines County historical center discounts
  • Genealogy research in Des Moines County, Iowa
  • Making a donation
  • Volunteering
Des Moines County Public Records

Historical Societies are a great source of Des Moines County public records, historical and genealogy research information. Historical records may be available upon request from the Des Moines County organizations, museums, exhibits and exhibitions, and from Des Moines County historical archives.

Local Des Moines County History

Iowa Historical Societies specialize in a single aspect of local history. Des Moines County Historical Centers may highlight a local institution, such as an university, church, or business. Alternatively, their focus may be on a particular group, such as an ethnicity, profession, or religious group. Some Historical Societies work to preserve Des Moines County historic buildings and properties, ensuring that neighborhoods maintain the historic character that helps define the community. These efforts often involve close work with local Des Moines County and Iowa state government agencies, to list buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, create historic districts, and ensure that historic preservation ordinances and guidelines are established and enforced.

Volunteering for Des Moines County Historical Societies

Many Historical Societies are staffed and organized by volunteers, who often become involved in order to preserve the legacy and heritage of their ancestors or to honor local heroes. Other Des Moines County Historical Societies are professional organizations that have paid staff. These organizations may run Des Moines County museums and educational programs, and a local Iowa government or business entity may manage these Historical Societies. Many Historical Societies provide resources to help smaller organizations or individuals with research projects. In addition, they provide events for school-age children both in the schools and at their facilities.

Historical Society Donations & Funding

Funding for Des Moines County Historical Societies can come from a combination of sources, including government support, universities, and businesses, as well as private donations, endowments, and grants. Historical Societies rely on fundraisers as a significant source of revenue. Fundraisers may include tours of IA historical buildings, sponsored talks and historic reenactments, and Des Moines County genealogy events.

Events & Exhibitions

Historical Societies have an online presence where they provide valuable information about sponsored Des Moines County events and programs. Historical Society websites commonly post historic photographs or articles on topics of local historic interest. Some provide online databases to help with Des Moines County genealogy research, immigration activity, or census related data.