Welcome to our past!
We are the North Lee County Historical Society in Fort Madison, Iowa.
We are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. We operate on your donations and memberships. Please become a member. Thank you!
Home in the Heartland
What do you get when you cross a bus with a museum? A "BUS-eum" of course. The TRACES Center for History and Culture will be bring its newest BUS-eum exhibit to Fort Madison from 12 PM to 3 PM on Thursday, the 14th of April, 2016.
TRACES director Michael Luick-Thrams will also be delivering a program centered on southeast Iowa at the NLCHS museum in the Old Santa Fe Depot complex.
North Lee County Historical Society is sponsoring the BUS-eum's visit. At the facebook event page, you can RSVP and tell friends who can share in this wonderful event.
Bring your stories about Iowa. TRACES wants to hear them.
Phase Two Begins
"Friends of Old Fort Madison" committee announces ambitious fundraising goal. Our "phase one" goal was reached successfully. On to "phase two." The fund raising efforts gear up again. For more information, contact the museum.
5th Annual Train Show.
Our fourth annual train show and swap meet is coming up April 14-17, 2016. For ticket information call 319-372-7661.
NLCHS has special funds set up for Brush College, the Old Lee County Jail, Old Fort Madison, the NLCHS museum, and the steam locomotive in Riverview park. If you want to specify where your donation goes - you are able to do so.
Volunteers are welcome!
Brush College: Built in about 1877. It is a one room schoolhouse located a short drive north of Fort Madison. We are currently getting the roof repaired so donations to this fund are even more important. If you wish to visit Brush College please call us ahead of time so we can have one of our volunteers be there for you. The schoolhouse is still ready and waiting for students of all ages with desks for all.
Old Lee County Jail: Built in 1867 is the oldest existing jail in Iowa. It is located next to the Lee County Court House in Fort Madison. Again, if you wish to tour this interesting old stone structure please call us ahead of time for a volunteer and your own bunk in a cell.
Santa Fe Railway 2913: The big and FAST steam locomotive sits in Riverview Park near the entrance. While the city owns the 2913 we have the honor of showing her off to the public. She worked hard for 11 years on the mainline of the Santa Fe Railway from Fort Madison to Los Angeles, California. We have a fund established to help us maintain the 2913 for the city.
Santa Fe caboose: The Santa Fe Railway caboose 999235 served on the mainline on fast freights like the Super C, as well as it's last assignment working as the West Local "Waycar" out of Fort Madison. The Waycar 235 has now been elevated along with the depot complex above the flood level.
We want to thank those that are able to give their time and money so that we can remain open to all regardless of ability to pay. All are welcome! If you have a special interest and want to volunteer your time and share your experience we need your help.
Looking for that unique gift or souvenir from our area? Don't forget our gift shop! We have a variety of postcards and other souvenirs.
Meetings: Are held on the 2nd Tuesday each month and are open to the public.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER!
If you would like more information or to become a volunteer, you may stop at the museum or
NLCHS is now on Facebook.
NLCHS Pizza Hut Fundraiser
On the first Friday of each month, NLCHS and Pizza Hut have teamed up to provide a fund raiser for NLCHS. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., bring this ticket to present to your server and NLCHS will receive 10% of the bearer's purchase. It also works with delivery and carryout orders, but you must have a ticket.
Exhibits of Special Interest
Railroad Lantern Display
Early Fort Madison & Lee County History
Iowa State Penitentiary
Pioneer Farm Equipment
Silsby Fire Engine
Ice Harvesting Display
Iowa & Fort Madison Jaycee History