Welcome to the Winneshiek County Historical Society

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Locust School

The Locust School was Built in
1854 from rock quarried on the
Ruffridge farm. The School was
in use every year from 1854 to
1960, or 106 years, an Iowa
record for continuous service.

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Old Winneshiek County Jail

Built in 1878, stopped being used
in October 2000 when a new 40
bed jail was built at the Law
Enforcement Center.

Bodensteiner House

The Bodensteiner House was gifted to the WCHS by Joe and Emily Bodensteiner, in 2016. A Bodensteiner Committee of WCHS has been established and plans are underway for renovation.

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Due to the corona virus the Landers-Adams-Bodensteiner House will be closed indefinitely!

The April 2 board meeting is cancelled!

The April 25 Annual Meeting in Spillville has been postponed!

Mission Statement: To protect, collect, preserve and promote the written, oral and tangible items of historical importance to Winneshiek County and to cooperate with other organizations to accomplish common goals. Office Locations: The main office is located in the Landers-Adams-Bodensteiner House at 302 S Mill St Decorah, IA.  The historical archives are located at the Old County Jail building at 202 West Broadway St Decorah, IA.

Winneshiek County Historical Society is a 501(c)3 organization, your donations are tax-deductible.

The office will be closed whenever Decorah Community Schools classes are cancelled due to snow or ice.

The office will be closed on major holidays.

WCHS Annual Meeting

The April 25 Annual Meeting in Spillville has been postponed!

What:  WCHS Annual Meeting
Where:  Community Room of the Spillville Public Library, 201 Oak Street, Spillville Iowa
When:  Saturday, April 25, 2020
             Registration - 10:30 a.m.
             Meeting - 11:00 a.m.
             Lunch - 12:00 noon
             Program following lunch.  Bob McQueen will give a talk about his sharpshooting skills
             and the awards he has received in competition.
Menu:  Swiss steak, potatoes, glazed carrots, coleslaw, dinner rolls, beverage and kolaches
             Cost:  $15
RSVP for meal by April 15, 2020.
Please Note:  Membership MUST be paid by March 1, 2020 to be eligible to vote at the meeting.