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The Des Moines County Historical Society

 

Interactive children's exhibits and activities are integral to the museums maintained by the Des Moines County Historical Society in Burlington, Iowa. The Heritage Center (501 North Fourth) houses "Catfish Corners", a children's museum where young people can try out pioneer experiences. The Bart Howard Room, is a cabaret/performance space within the Heritage Center developed in memory of Bart Howard, who was born and raised in Burlington and composed "Fly Me to the Moon."  Live performances are featured in this small venue on a regular basis. 

The Heritage Center (501 North Fourth, Burlington), the Phelps House Museum (521 Columbia, Burlington), and the Hawkeye Log Cabin Museum (located at the south end of Main Street in Crapo Park, Burlington) and their changing exhibits are supported by the members and friends of the Des Moines County Historical Society.   A small gift shop is also located at the Heritage Center.

Des Moines County, Iowa, is a vibrant area with a rich past.  Located along a bend of the Mississippi River in the southeast portion of the state, the county contains rich farmland and cozy communities where more than 40,000 people reside.  The history of this remarkable area is as diverse as the communities of which it is formed.
 

The Des Moines County Historical Society is a non-profit organization operated by a small staff and many dedicated volunteers.  Donations of time and materials related to the history of the county are  welcome and appreciated as is monetary support.  Admission to DMCHS museums is free to members; non-members pay nominal fees.

 

Gift ideas from the Museum Gift Shop

Cabaret compact discs - Books, Puzzles, and Toys - DMCHS Memberships

Snake Alley pillows - Maps - Photos - Paperweights

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Annual Memberships

All members receive free museum admission, a regular newsletter, and a 10% discount at the museum gift shop.  We accept checks, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover.  Join DMCHS today!

Individual Membership ($15.00 per year)

includes free admission to all DMCHS museums for one adult.

Family Membership ($30.00 per year)

includes free admission to all DMCHS museums for two adults and minor children/grandchildren.

Sponsor Membership ($50.00 per year)

includes free admission to all DMCHS museums for two adults and minor children/grandchildren plus four one-time guest passes.

Benefactor Membership ($100.00 per year)

includes free admission to all DMCHS museums for two adults and minor children/grandchildren plus six one-time guest passes and discounts for DMCHS classes and workshops.

ShoQuoQuon Society Membership ($500.00 per year)

includes free admission to all DMCHS museums for two adults and minor children/grandchildren plus eight one-time guest passes, two free admissions to a DMCHS special event and discounts for DMCHS classes and workshops.

Grimes-Salter Society ($1,000.00)

includes free admission to all DMCHS museums for two adults and minor children/grandchildren plus ten one-time guest passes, two free admissions to two DMCHS special events and discounts for DMCHS classes and workshops.

Corporate memberships are also available.