We have a new email address.

It is pagecountyhistory@yahoo.com.


A note from our president

Top 10 Activities at Nodaway Valley Historical Museum During 2014


I want to share with you my "Top 10" positive things that happened at your Nodaway Valley Historical Museum (NVHM) during 2014.


Number10: Shingling the roofs on the College Springs Depot and the Goldenrod School which had suffered roof damage from hail storms, and in the case of the Depot, "old age". The Bell Tower on the Goldenrod School will be repaired next spring so that children visiting Goldenrod School will again be able to ring the school’s bell. The cedar shingles on the Historic Goldenrod School were done with the financial help of Grant Funds from a Clarinda Foundation.

New storm windows are being built by Elmer Quee this winter, to help provide more protection to Depot Building.


Number 9: New floor decking was installed and new concrete support piers were built for the Davison Bridge which leads to the seven Village Buildings. The bridge was first installed at the Museum in 1992, but the flooring and brick pier supports had weathered over the years to unsafe conditions. Elmer Quee did a lot of work on this project with Elaine Armstrong and Curtis Davison providing money for the bridge replacement planks. The Arnold Dammann Family Farms used their large excavator to move bridge off the old piers and place the bridge back on the new bridge piers when they were completed. The grading of dirt and reseeding around the bridge, as well as painting of the bridge, will be done in the spring.


Number 8: LED lights were installed in the Animal Display Room to help preserve the animal's appearances from light fading and to reduce energy usage. The lights are on a sensor so they are on only when people are looking at the animal display.


Number 7: Expansion of the outside machinery display area and repainting of some of the outdoor machinery. Dick Ferguson heads up this display and did the repainting of the machinery and a special thanks to those who donated machinery in 2014.


Number 6: Several new displays were done in the main display building including: Afro American History featuring Vernon Baker; Early settlers of this area; Bordeaux Company; Clarinda Schools; and the 4-H Display was refurbished.


Number 5:   The “First Sunday Programs” had great presenters and 948 people attended the 10 programs at the Museum in 2014.


Number 4: New visual and sound equipment was installed in the Quilt Room and Art Room, so that additional people will able to see and hear better when attending special programs at the Museum such as the First Sunday programs. Grants and family donations helped to pay for this new equipment.


Number 3: Naming of the Genealogical Library for Phyllis Dunn Falk who has spent a great deal of time over the years helping people find information on the history of their family was done on May 21.


Number 2:  The new Military Display features 3 newly constructed cabinets to provide areas to display military uniforms, pictures, and related military items. This display is designed to provide a tribute to the many women and men from this area who served in the military from the Civil War time to our present time. Two additional cabinets are in our plans in the future, as Grant funds become available. Thanks to Jeff McCall and Jay Sweet for their great woodworking skills to build these display cabinets.


Number 1: The painting and dedication of the Freedom Rock was the number one in activity at the museum during 2014 in my opinion.  Ray "Bubba" Sorenson did an excellent job of painting of the rock that was placed at the Museum through the efforts of Brian Whipp. This was a cooperative project with the Clarinda Chamber of Commerce, under the leadership of Executive Director, Elaine Farwell and Trish Oakomoto, NVHM Curator. Grant Funds and donations helped to pay for the painting of the Freedom Rock which was formally dedicated on September 21, as a symbol to our American Freedom. There are many things planned that will be done in the area around the Freedom Rock in the future including: a concrete area, the Howitzer Gun that was built in 1942, will be painted and relocated near the Freedom Rock,

and additional items will include lighted flag poles and a Gazebo.


We hope your schedule for 2015 will include visits to the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum in Clarinda will. To keep up with Museum activities, look at our webpage: nodawayvalleymuseum.org


Ron Sanson President Nodaway Valley Historical Museum.

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.