Cedar County Historical Society & Museum

 1094 Hwy 38 * Tipton, IA * 52772

5th Annual "A Day on the Prairie" at the Prairie Village

The Liberty Band of Iowa will be performing in the South Bethel Church at the 5th annual Day on the Prairie being held at the Cedar County Historical Society (CCHS). The Liberty Band of Iowa palys authentic music of the 1860's or earlier on brass instruments made in the 1840's to the 1880's. 

The CCHS in collaboration again this year with the Old Capitol Museum, Iowa City, Ushers Ferry, Cedar Rapids, and local experts on Prairie Preservation and historical activities, the Day on the Prairie will feature demonstrations and activities form the period of th early Cedar County Settlers for the whole family!  A Day on the Prairie will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Cedar County Historical Society Museum in Tipton, Iowa. The event is free and open to the public.

Ann Cejka, historical interpreter from Ushers Ferr, Cedar Rapids, will be setting up a camp site along with Ciuin Ferrin, Old Capitol Museum, where they will be cooking a variety of foods over an open fire. A tasting of period foods will also be available.  Participants will also be able to try their hand at a variety of early games that were popular during the era, make butter to put on their biscuits made over an open fire, do potato stamping, and many, many more.  Bill Muhs, Lowden, will be on hand to offer his expert advice for those who wish to learn more about prairie plants and their importance to the pioneer.  Kurtis and Sharon Voparil, Solon, will be demonstrating how rope was made in the mid-1880's. 

Additional activities and historical demonstrations such as oat threshing, hand quilting, and hand-dipping candles will be led by volunteers from the Old Capitol Museum, students from the University of Iowa Introduction to Museum Studies course, and several additional members of the local community.  The Civil War Co. H, 8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry reenactors will be on hand once again. The Cedar County Beef Producers will be serving delicious sandwiches.

Please join us for a day on the prairie full of food, music, demonstrations and fun activities. For more information you may call the CCHS Museum, 563-886-2899.

2015 Annual Cedar County Spelling Bee

The annual Cedar County spelling bee will be held at the Cedar County Historical Society Museum and Prairie Village, 1094 Hwy. 38, Tipton (North of Wal Mart) on Saturday, September 12, 2015, starting at 11:00 AM. This event is a part of the 5th Annual "A Day on the Prairie at the Prairie Village". Parking will be available in the Calvary Foursquare Church parking lot - watch for signs. 

There will be a separate contest for each grade level of 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  If there are not enough students in each grade 5th and 6th grades will be combined, as well as 7th and 8th grades. Cash prizes will be $50.00 for 1st place, $25.00 for 2nd place, and $10.00 for 3rd place. In addition, each participant will be presented with a dictionary.

Age appropriate words will be used in the spelling bee. Sources for the words will come from past issues of the Paideia and carious other sources. The rules are the same as those used for the national spelling bee. Students should be at the South Bethel Church in the Historical Society's Prairie Village by 10:45 AM on Saturday, September 12. There is NO charge for entering the contest. Parents, grandparents, teachers, family members and friends are invited to attend the spelling bee also. 

Notification will be sent to all 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teachers in Cedar County Schools. Please call or email participants names, grade, and school to the Cedar County Historical Society, PO Box 254, Tipton, IA 52772, 563-886-2899 or cchsmus@netins.net . For further information call Sandy Harmel at the museum at the number above or to Hobert Flory at 319-480-1255.

Red Oak Grove Remembers Its Heroes

A commemorative patriotic program, “Red Oak Grove Remembers Its Heroes,” is planned July 5th in conjunction with the 175th Anniversary of Tipton’s founding. This public event, beginning at 9:30 a.m., will be held on the grounds of Red Oak Grove Church amid the Cedar County countryside.

The day is dedicated to Cedar County veterans who are buried in the historic Red Oak Cemetery located about five miles northwest of Tipton. Every veteran will be honored. In addition a memorial will be dedicated to a Medal of Honor recipient who volunteered from the Red Oak Grove neighborhood. Also honored will be a noted Congressman and a Red Oak Grove native, instrumental in starting Vicksburg Military Park.

Among those on the program will be Jeff Kaufmann, of Wilton, Cedar County historian and Iowa policymaker, and Company A., The 49th designated “The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles.” This Civil War group is recognized at the state and national levels as among the best of Civil War Regiments. Their uniforms and ceremony will all be authentic to the Civil War era. Local, state, and national lawmakers will be invited. Plans also include a bagpiper - appropriate because many early Red Oak Grove settlers were from Scotland. The program will close with “Taps” and echoes.

Bob Rickard of Tipton, chairman of the “Heroes” planning committee, said, “Everyone is invited, with a special welcome extended to descendants of those being honored, and to all who have served in the armed forces.” He added that the Tipton NSDAR chapter will provide beverages.

Rickard said, “July can get pretty warm, but by having this event in the morning we hope to avoid the hottest part of the day.” There will be chairs for audience seating. More details will be released as the program develops.


Scholarship Press Release April 2015

Application packets for the Cedar County Historical Society J. Curtis and Frances Forest Frymoyer scholarship have been sent to area high schools including Wilton, West Liberty, and Lisbon. The scholarship, which was created in 2001, is a way for the Society to show our belief in the youth and future of our county.

Multiple scholarships up to $1000.00 will be awarded, and pictures of our students will be published in our annual Cedar County historical Review.

Any Cedar County student applying or enrolled in a university, college, community college, or technical college is encouraged to apply. Non-winners from previous years may reapply as well. Students must complete the scholarship application, including an essay on their Cedar County Heritage and two references.

The scholarship awards will be paid on January 1, 2016, after a successful first semester and enrollment for a second semester. Applications are due May 1, 2015. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications can be mailed to or dropped off in person at the Historical Society Museum. Postmark date will not be counted as submission date. Electronic submissions are not accepted at this time.

For more information or to pick up a scholarship packet, please contact the Cedar County Historical Society at 1094 Hwy. 38, Tipton, or call (563) 886-2899.

In the News

July 25, 2014 - A fishing lure and reel collection is now on exhibit at the Cedar County Historical Museum. Tom Mackey of Tipton has been collecting fishing lures and reels for over 30 years. His collection is not used for any actual fishing, but instead is enjoyed by the variety, the type, and amount. Not quite half of the collection is on display at the CCHS Musem as a temporary exhibit. His rarest lure in the collection is a Miller's Reversible Minnow circa 1913. Frog lures are popular with visitors. One of the frogs is covered with real frog skin. He also has 3 mermaid lures, one of which is only 1" in length. Also included in the collection is a speed bait lure, a Johnson Automatic Striker Minnow, a K & K Animated Minnow, a Spider lure that is one of 50 left worldwide, and many more. The reels are from large to small in a variety of shapes and types. Sharon Stiff, of Rochester, also loaned us three bamboo fishing poles to add to the exhibit. Even for a non-fisherman/woman it is a fascinating exhibit.

May 24, 2014 - The J. Curis and Frances Forest Frymoyer Cedar County Historical Society Scholarship was created in 2001. It is a way for the Society to show our belief in the youth and future of our country. Any Cedar County resident student applying or enrolled in a university, college, community college, or technical college is encouraged to apply. Non-recipients from previous years may reapply as well. Students complete an application, including an essay on their Cedar County Heritage and two references.
     A four person committee selects the scholarship recipients. Five $1000.00 scholarships were awarded to the 2014 class. The students will be published in our annual Cedar County Historical Review.

The following students were chosen as the 2014 recipients:
Anna Cavin - Durant High School
Seth Hamilton - North Cedar High School
Jill Kofron - Tipton High School
McKenna Kilburg - Lisbon High School
Leah Schmidt - Tipton High School 


May 15, 2012 - Thank you to Alma Gaul and the Quad City Times for this great article about our upcoming speaker! http://qctimes.com/news/local/historian-discusses-equal-rights-fighters/article_9bef8c50-9e48-11e1-8637-001a4bcf887a.html 

August 4, 2011 - We are honored to be featured on KCRG for a video about "Our Town Tipton."  Board Members Sandy Harmel and Mike Bixler are featured here.  http://www.kcrg.com/features/roadtrip/Our-Town-Tipton---Cedar-County-Historical-Society-126746038.html

November 29, 2009 - Great article by Alma Gaul in the Quad City Times about the South Bethel church move.  http://www.qctimes.com/news/local/article_f15ef822-dd5e-11de-89fe-001cc4c03286.html

April 2009 - Quad City Times article by Alma Gaul about the new Scattergood Hostel exhibit at the museum: http://www.qctimes.com/news/local/article_faaabe7e-2491-11de-b30a-001cc4c002e0.html