Do you like soup? Do you enjoy helping the community? If you answered yes to either of those questions, we have the fix for you. This year marks the 2nd Annual Preserving Our Past Soup Supper. This fundraising event is hosted by Madison County Historical Society and due to overwhelming attendance last year, will be held at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1120 North 8th Avenue.
Last year’s fundraising proceeds went to restoring the historic fountain located in front of the Bevington Mansion. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in helping with the project.
This year all the proceeds from the event will help in the restoration of the sanctuary floor in the historic Zion Federated Church. The Zion Federated Church, built in 1881, is currently located at Madison County Historical Complex, but was originally located in Scott Township just southeast of Winterset. It served the rural community faithfully until the 1970’s. In 1988 a community campaign was started to relocate and restore the historic church. The church was completely restored inside and out after arriving at the Historical Complex. Many weddings, family reunions, and funerals have been held in the church. There is currently an active congregation of Faith Lutherans using the church each Sunday.
Please join us on Monday, March 12th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the St. Paul Lutheran Church for Preserving Our Past Soup Supper. Cost per ticket is $5.00 and includes homemade soup, relish, pie and a drink. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact any Society board member or stop by the Madison County Historical Complex office. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Please contact 515-462-2134 with questions.
From its humble beginning in 1904, the Madison County Historical Society has developed into a complex which includes 14 buildings located on 18 picturesque acres on the south edge of Winterset, Iowa.
The crown jewel of the complex is the 1856 Bevington-Kaser House constructed by C.D. “Doc” Bevington. This property was a gift of June Kaser and Margaret Guye. It has been restored and furnished in Victorian richness.
Our collections include rocks, fossils, Native American Artifacts, Civil War and military items, quilts, glassware, local business memorabilia, household and domestic items, early farm machinery and technology, tools and barbed wire, and a research library. Visitors can take their time exploring our grounds, structures and exhibits, or reserve a space here for a special event or gathering with built-in opportunities for entertainment and beautiful photos.
Represented in this complex is a lasting record of a way of life of the people of Madison County, Iowa preserved for all to see, treasure and enjoy. We welcome all people interested in exploring the past through the lens of local history.
Please visit and come back often to experience History on the Hill.