Pioneer Farming in Page County” is the title of the presentation by Rick Finch of Clarinda.

  Hundreds of thousands of people emigrated to Iowa between 1833 and 1860, creating a population explosion. The reasons for people coming to Iowa were as diverse as their backgrounds. Some came for the cheaper land. Some came for the more fertile land, and others for the opportunity to create a better life for themselves and their families.

   Finch will explore the pioneering experience in Iowa, using Page County as a case study, and focus on the efforts it took to move to Iowa, establish a farm and begin its shift from subsistence to profit-making, and the roles of people on the farm.

  Finch will give folks a look at daily life from an agricultural and domestic perspective using diary accounts, historic newspapers and accounts of Page County pioneers themselves. “We will delve into the what’s, how’s, and why’s of pioneer farming,” he said.

The Nodaway Valley Historical Museum will be closed starting Wednesday, December 23, 2015 until Tuesday, February 2, 2016.  During January the Board Members will be focusing on special projects at the Museum.  Our First Sunday program in 2016 will on Sunday, February 7. 

We are now accepting new and renewal memberships which are effective from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.  Single memberships are $20 and family memberships are $40.  We are a 501(c)3 organization and very much appreciate all donations to purchase preservation materials, update displays and maintain our 11 buildings.  As we remind our visitors, "History is free, but preserving it isn't!"


Have a wonderful and safe holiday season!

Getting ready for the new flags at the Freedom Rock with Ron and Elmer

What a wonderful day!

That was the comment heard over and over after Sunday’s program celebrating the end of WWII. With mild temperatures and a nice breeze, the weather was perfect. The presenting of the colors was followed by guest speakers( Dan Honken, Senator Joni Ernst, Trish Okamoto), the laying of the wreath, Clarinda sings doing a great job, the bugler playing Taps, Jack Swisher and John Payne telling of their WWII experiences, and ending with refreshments.The day was enjoyed by all.

History Day at the Museum


Even though the weather was hot and humid, with many other activities in Clarinda that weekend, we were happy with the attendance.


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Our Page County, Iowa museum has it all -- a meteorite, 3-H and 4-H, Glenn Miller, genealogy research, a 1900 parlor, animal mounts, a 1944 POW camp, and more....

Your visit to the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum in Clarinda, Iowa can take you back more than a century when the Midwest was being developed with homes, farming, businesses and schools.


Visit the Historical Village and Reminisce Building to see the changes in business, transportation and agriculture from the horse drawn era to the present.


See the development of 3-H and 4-H from its very beginnings at Goldenrod School in Page County.


Follow the progress of family life through displays of home furnishings starting in 1880's and ending nearly 100 years later.


Revisit the communities of Page County to follow their history, including Bethesda, Blanchard, Braddyville, Clarinda, Coin, College Springs, Essex, Hawleyville, Hepburn, Northboro, Norwich, Nyman, Page Center, Shambaugh, Shenandoah and Yorktown.