Henry County Historical Society

Find Henry 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.

Winfield Iowa Historical Society 114 South Locust Street Winfield IA 52659 319-257-6661

About Henry County Historical Societies

Henry 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 Henry County, IA. Historical Societies in Henry 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:
  • Henry County Historical Society exhibits and events
  • Henry County historical center discounts
  • Genealogy research in Henry County, Iowa
  • Making a donation
  • Volunteering
Henry County Public Records

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

Local Henry County History

Iowa Historical Societies specialize in a single aspect of local history. Henry 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 Henry 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 Henry 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 Henry 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 Henry County Historical Societies are professional organizations that have paid staff. These organizations may run Henry 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 Henry 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 Henry County genealogy events.

Events & Exhibitions

Historical Societies have an online presence where they provide valuable information about sponsored Henry 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 Henry County genealogy research, immigration activity, or census related data.