Grinnell Historical Museum/Society

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US-GCS DCL Coll-254 Row E ORG GH Museum

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Grinnell Historical Museum/Society


  • 1950-present (Creation)


Quantity: blue box, one legal-size grey document box, two letter-size grey document boxes

Background Note: The local museum was begun in 1950 when four women’s clubs in Grinnell (Tuesday Club, Historical & Literary Society, J. B. Grinnell Chapter of D.A. R. and a second chapter of D. A. R. ) combined their efforts to collect museum items. The donations were stored on the second floor of the Cunningham building on 4th Avenue (just west of Merchants National Bank). On the afternoon of October 8, 1954, the museum held its formal opening. Less than twelve hours later, fire completely engulfed the upper floors of the building, destroying a major portion of the museum’s inventory. The historical society recovered and in 1965, purchased the J. H. McMurray house at 1125 Broad and moved newly-acquired and surviving inventory there. Two boards managed the museum: the Grinnell Museum Society and the Grinnell Museum Auxiliary until the boards merged.

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Donated by: Grinnell Historical Museum Board

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See also Coll #291 Box #4 -- Fire Oct 1954

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Name of Preparer: C. Neubert
Date of Preparation: 1/19

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