The mission of the Historic Preservation Commission is “to transform community landmarks into civic spaces; to preserve historic artifacts and memories; and to promote and celebrate the history and heritage of Henry County and its people”.
Physical Address: 403 West Madison Street, Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
Mailing Address: PO Box 333, Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
Brief description: Located in the former Saunders Elementary School building [NW of Mount Pleasant's Square], the museum offers displays and memorabilia featuring Saunders School, Henry County Rural Schools, the Dr. James Van Allen family, Mount Pleasant, Henry County Veterans and all the towns and townships of the County. The Donald Young Memorial Library and Research Center houses Henry County books, maps, photos, postcards and genealogical files for historical research.
Hours: Saturday afternoons 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, May through October, and any other time by appointment. Contacts: Pat White, (319) 385-4983
Brief Description: The Henderson Lewelling home and Museum is a National Park Service Underground Railroad “Network to Freedom” historic site. Visitors to the museum receive a guided tour from a volunteer docent who will present the history of the abolitionist work of the Salem Quaker community in the lead up to the civil war. As a safe house or station on the network the home features secretive hiding spaces where freedom seekers were concealed to avoid capture by bounty hunters.
The museum is a National Park Service passport stamp site. More about the Network to Freedom at www.nps.gov Hours: Open for tours 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Sundays from May through September or by appointment at 319-258-2000.
School class tours can be arranged consistent with school schedules.