Dickinson County Museum - Where History LIVES!

The Dickinson County Museum, in a 140 year old depot, provides unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories, and lives from Dickinson County.  Our purpose is to inspire people to learn from those artifacts through public programs, publications, educational activities, and special events.

Virtual Tour

If you can’t visit us in person, visit us virtually!

Virtual tour created by Drew Hutchinson of Iowa Lakeside Lab.  Thank you to Mary Skopec and the Friends of the Lakeside Lab for supporting its creation.

MATCHING GRANT CHALLENGE! 

An anonymous donor is granting the Dickinson County Museum $5000 to upgrade exhibits if, and only if, the Museum can raise $5000 by December 31.  20% of these funds have already been raised through the support of the Board of Directors.  Please add your support by clicking the DONATE button or sending a check today! 

LIVE FROM THE DEPOT

Artifact Abbie Gardner Pie Plate - Front

The museum is now bringing our Collection to you via podcast.

This little pie plate is one of the most treasured pieces housed in our Gardner collection.  We didn’t know its story until we removed it from its case to catalog it.  Listen to its remarkable story here. 

Artifact Abbie Gardner Pie Plate - Back

Events

WAY BACK WHEN WEDNESDAYS

Every Wednesday at 10:00 folks gather at the Museum for conversation about the way it was in Dickinson County Way Back When.  The conversation is lively and fun, and many laughs are share.  All are welcome!  Coffee included!

HISTORY LIVES SPEAKER SERIES

Our popular History LIVES! Speaker series features engaging speakers sharing stories, information, and photos about Dickinson County’s colorful past.  In addition to experiencing the live programs, all programs are live-streamed on our FaceBook page and uploaded to our YouTube channelNo need to register, $5 donations appreciated.

Upcoming Programs:

Broadway in Arnolds Park: Everything You Could Want In A Town
Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 7:00 at the Dickinson County Museum

Arnolds Park’s Broadway street wasn’t always just drinking establishments—at one time it had everything you could want from a small, self-sustaining town.  We’ll talk about the hotels, rooming houses, theaters and—of course—drinking establishments that have occupied “uptown” over the years.

Presented by Jonathan Reed, noted local historian and author of Okoboji and the Iowa Great Lakes and Lost Resorts of the Iowa Great Lakes.

News

Research Area

The Museum is creating a new, dedicated research area, The Dickinson County Research Area, thanks to a grant from the Dickinson County Endowment Fund. Included in the grant is a computer, printer, scanner, ancestry.com software, and furniture. As part of this new area, our resource room is being named the “R. Aubrey LaFoy Resource Room” in honor of Aubrey and his long and dedicated service to the Dickinson County Museum and area history. Aubrey recently donated his extensive resource materials to the museum.

New Roof

Our 140 year old depot recently received a major upgrade in the form of a new roof, thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Okoboji Foundation. It will provide decades of protection for our extensive exhibits.

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