Julia Addington

In 1869 Julia Addington became the first woman elected to office in the Iowa and one of the first women elected in United states. To honor this historic event, the Preservation Association has installed a sign in front of property owned by Julia Addington at 401 Albion Street in Stacyville, Iowa.

The 150th anniversary of this historic election is October 12, 2019. There will be a program honoring Julia Addington at the Cedar River Complex, 809 Sawyer Drive in Osage. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with a program at 6:30- p.m. Refreshments will be served after the program and the Museum will be open featuring a display honoring Julia Addington. The program is free and open to the public. Sponsors for the event include the Mitchell County Historic Preservation Association, the Mitchell County Historical Society, the Republican and Democratic parties of Mitchell County.

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Courthouse Artifacts

Be sure to visit the Mitchell County Historical Society’s museum at the CRC in Osage. They have created a display of artifacts from the 1858 Mitchell County Courthouse.Safe

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Boy Scout Log Cabin

Pinicon Alders Log Cabin Dedication

“Is the cabin still there?” That’s what Fr. Schmitz wanted to know when former Boy Scout Roman Koenigs visited him in the nursing home in the mid 1980’s.

In the summer of 1948 and every summer for the next three years, Fr. Schmitz and the Boy Scouts of the Meyer and McIntire troupes worked on building a log cabin in the woods. On Sunday, August 14, 2016, 88 people gathered in front of the newly restored cabin to rededicate it.

Though many of the Scouts from Meyer and MIntire who helped build the cabin have passed away, former Boy Scout Deo Koenigs hopes 50 years from now a new group will be gathering again at this cabin. “It is an historic reminder of what some young boys with good leadership can accomplish.”

In 2015 when Adam Shirley, head of Mitchell County Conservation asked for community input before deciding the fate of the run down log cabin, he was surprised when more than 30 people showed up.


With a grant from Shop On State the Preservation Association, created a sign with the history of the cabin, including a picture of the Boy Scouts. In the summer of 2016, the sign was dedicated and over 80 people attended, including some of the boy scouts who helped build the cabin.IMG_2879IMG_2893

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10th Annual Summer Poetry Reading

The front lawn of the Hamlin Garland boyhood home at 3907 Noble Avenue has proven to be a great location for the annual Hamlin Garland summer poetry reading. The setting takes to readers and the participants back in time. We could see, feel, hear, and smell the sights and sounds of the 1870’s. The 2019 event will happen on Sunday, June 23 from 2 – 4 p.m. featuring poetry by Hamlin Garland.

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Spring Park Gets A Makeover

If you haven’t been to the spring at Spring Park lately, be sure to check out the new stone work recently completed by Randle Construction. Here are a few pictures of the work in progress and the completed work.

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