“Madison County in World War I” program open to all, Sunday, May, 1:00 pm
May 1st is Opening Day for 2017! We will be open seven days a week through October.

The annual meeting of the Madison County Historical Society will begin with a program titled “Madison County in World War I” by historian Darrek Orwig. The program is free and open to the public.

“Madison County in World War I”
Sunday, May 7, 2017
1:00 pm
Madison County Historical Museum

Nearly a century ago, soldiers from Madison County participated in the watershed moment of the twentieth century: World War I. The Iowa National Guard company based out of Winterset, Company A of the 168th Infantry, would be one of the first American units to arrive “over there” in France as part of the famous 42nd “Rainbow” Division. Learn about their experiences in the “war to end all wars” through artifacts, eye-witness accounts, historic images, artwork, and period motion picture footage.

A special exhibit of WWI items related to Madison County residents will be on display. Doors will open at 12:30 pm so that the military exhibits throughout the museum will be available for viewing.

Our speaker, Darrek Orwig, holds a history degree from Iowa State University and a Master of Arts in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His second book, Somewhere Over There: The Letters, Diary, and Artwork of a World War I Corporal, is the edited wartime papers of Iowa soldier and artist correspondent Francis Webster. A portion of his research for this book was done in the Madison County Historical Museum.

Following the program and refreshments, Society members will conduct their annual business meeting. Memberships may be purchased at the event.


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.