Cedar County Historical Society & Museum

 1094 Hwy 38 * Tipton, IA * 52772



10:00 AM to 7:00 PM


10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


10:00 AM to 2:00PM

August Hours

Starting August 8th through the August the 31st the Museum Hours will be as follows:  Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10AM - 2 PM.  This is a temporary change only for the month of August, we apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, thank you for your understanding.


Free admission for all ages, donations welcome and appreciated.

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The Cedar County Historical Society is here to serve you. Are you looking for genealogical information, interested in local history, or want to see a huge collection of Cedar County artifacts?  We've got it all, so stop in to the museum and visit!  

CCHS Annual Picnic

Our Annual Picnic will be this Sunday July 30th at the tent behind the main museum at 1094 Hwy 38 (Just north of Tipton).  Dinner will start at 12:30 PM with a program to follow at approximately 1:30 PM inside the air conditioned South Bethel Church.  Please bring table service and a side dish to share.  Beverages, chicken and meatloaf will be provided.  

Our program will be given by Farmer Burns Aficionados Wes Fox and Mike Chapman on Martin "Farmer" Burns.  Come enjoy great fellowship, conversation, and learn about Cedar County's own World Champion Wrestler.

This event is open to the public; membership not required.


Chapman retired from a 35-year newspaper career in 2002, his last position as publisher of the Newton Daily News in Newton, Iowa. He was sports editor of The Gazette in Cedar Rapids from 1978 to 1984.

He is the author of the biography of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, published Dec. 14, 2015. He has three new books in progress.

He has been the featured speaker at over 200 events – including athletic banquets, civic meetings, and American Legion Boys State and high school assemblies.

Chapman has appeared on numerous TV shows --- including for ESPN, A&E, Fox Sports, Iowa Public Television and the popular morning show, Fox and Friends. He has been the guest on over 100 radio talk shows. As a writer, he has met and interviewed such people as Ronald Reagan, Muhammad Ali, Robert Redford, and many other stars of movies and sports.

In 2008, Mike and his wife, Bev, founded Iowa History Journal, a magazine devoted to the preservation of history in Iowa. The magazine is in its eighth year and has an estimated 24,000 readers each issue but he sold it two years ago.

Mike is considered by many the nation’s leading authority on the history of wrestling. He has attended 45 NCAA wrestling tournaments, two Olympics and three World championships. He is the founder of WIN magazine, the WIN Memorabilia Show and the Dan Hodge Trophy, often called “The Heisman Trophy of wrestling.”

In 1998, he created the International Wrestling Institute and Museum, which was located in Newton for ten years before moving to Waterloo in 2008 (now the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Wrestling Museum). He served as its executive director until retiring in October, 2009.

He has been named National Wrestling Writer of the Year five times, by four different national magazines. He was given the Order of Merit by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement in 2007 and the Iowa Coaches President’s Award in 2007.

Mike is a member of nine halls of fame. As an athlete he competed in wrestling, judo, sombo and bench press contests. He and Bev live in Newton.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, Aug 24 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, Sep 28 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, Oct 26 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM