Fifty years ago, on the 30th of November 1964, over fifty Shelby County citizens met at Gaillard Heflin's home to discuss the organization of a county historical society in order to preserve and share Shelby County's history for future generations. The group met again on the 25th of January 1965 and officially founded the Shelby County Historical Society. Since our founding the Shelby County Historical Society has grown to include two exhibit buildings and two historic log cabins.
Preserve and share the history of rural Iowa.
We will make history accessible to everyone: economically, physically, and intellectually.
We will be transparent and careful stewards of our recourses because they are vital to the continuation of our museum.
We will support audiences while they learn, contemplate, and discuss history and its relevance to current events.
We will ensure that all voices and experiences are represented within the staff, board of directors, and museum.
We will purposefully engage with local organizations because we believe in the power of working together.
Board of Directors
President: Tim Palmer
Vice-President: Mary Petersen
Secretary: Elaine Baughman
Treasurer: Dallas Klindt
Executive Director: Sarah McDonald
Collections Assistant: Alex Ellis
About Shelby County
Shelby County Parks
Prairie Rose State Park
Dinesen Prairie Wildlife Area
Elk Horn Recreation Area
Nishna Bend Recreation Area
Oak Ridge Wildlife Area
Reining River Access
Rosman Glendale Farm Recreation Area
Schimerowski Recreation Area
Upper 'Nish' Habitat Area
Shelby County Museums
Museum of Danish America
Panama One Room Schoolhouse