The Greene County Historical Society shall collect, preserve, and display artifacts and record information of historical significance to Greene County and the surrounding area.
The Greene County Historical Museum is located at 219 East Lincolnway in Jefferson, one block east of the Courthouse Square. The museum is open Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mid May through October. It can always be opened by appointment, by calling 515-386-8544.
Greene County was part of the Louisiana Purchase and secured from France by the United States in 1803. Iowa became a state in 1846; and three years later, Truman Davis and his family were the first white settlers in what became Greene County. They settled along the banks of the Raccoon River in the southeast corner of the county. Greene County is named after Major General Nathanael Greene, an officer in the Revolutionary War. Maps of Greene County showing the location of significant historical sites are available to the public at no charge.
The Greene County Historical Museum provides exhibits and information including pre-historic archaeological materials up through and including 1970's memorabilia. The exhibits include Indian artifacts found in Greene County, drainage of the wet mossy lands, a 1900's house, a doctor's office from the 1930-50's era, barber shop, bank, and drug store. Also included are recognition of persons and artifacts of our country's wars throughout the history of the United States. Individual Greene County citizens are also recognized for their national prominence including Doreen Wilbur, Olympic Gold Medal archery champion, and Loren Shriver, NASA astronaut.