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Our Page County, Iowa Museum Has It All!

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.


The Freedom Rock is a salute and thank you to all of the veterans.

The Freedom Rock is a salute and thank you to all of the veterans.

First Sunday Program: May 1, 2:00 p.m.

TRACES Center for History and Culture, with local hosts:

(712) 542 3073 – NVHM
(712) 435 0007 – Trish Okamoto

“At Home in the Heartland” Exhibit and Programming Come to Clarinda Iowa at the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum with Intergenerational Approaches to Mapping Iowa’s Past While Charting Its Future.

Mason City, Iowa – TRACES Center for History and Culture doesn’t have all the answers, but it does have many questions needed to help find them to queries like: Who are “we” as Iowans and as a nation? How’d we get to be the way we are? How have we changed over time—or not—and how might we change in the future?

TRACES will bring its mobile exhibit “At Home in the Heartland: Forgotten Stories of How Iowans Got to be ‘Us’” to Clarinda on Sunday May 1, 2016. It is housed in a retrofitted school bus, the “BUS-eum.”

The Iowa that existed as little as 35 years ago is gone. Sweeping, long-term changes in the region’s agriculture, economy, technology, politics and its ethnic, age or other demographics have altered the ways we live. In the process we have lost old treasures even as we have gained new possibilities. All this can be examined, together.

Admission is free, in part with support from: Humanities Iowa, the John K. & Luise V. Hanson and the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundations, Chester P. Luick Memorial Trust, Vander Haags Inc. and local hosts.

Details about both the tour and TRACES can be found at: or

The First Sunday Program is a free one hour program and refreshments will be served after the program.  Donations to the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum are always welcome to help support the Museum activities and displays.