Come to Avoca in Pottawattamie County, Iowa and visit all the historical things that the Newtown-Avoca Historical Society has made it their goal to preserve for future generations.   Perhaps your first stop would be at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum at the north end of Main Street.  Heading a couple blocks south will bring you to the East Pottawattamie County Courthouse.  


From Main Street, a drive out to Edgington Memorial Park east on old Highway 83 will find you at the location of the relocated Newtown Country School.  If you take a drive up the hill near the Shell Mini Mart and Casey's Store, you will come across the Historical Society's Memory Garden.  One last stop on your way north out of Avoca on Highway 59 will bring you to Graceland Cemetery where you will find the historic Octagon Prayer Chapel.

East Pottawattamie Co. Courthouse

Located on Avoca's Main Street

Octagon Prayer Chapel

Located at Avoca's Graceland Cemetery on the north edge of Avoca

Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum

Located at 504 North Elm Street

Newtown Country School

Located in Avoca's Edgington Park on old Highway 83

The Historical Society's Memory Garden

Located up the hill east of Shell and Caseys

Newtown-Avoca Historical Society - 2020


     Sandy Petersen, President

     Mike Ohm, Vice President

     Mary Pearson, Secretary

     Myrna McGrath, Treasurer



     Four Officers Plus the Following:

          Renee Sowers, 2017-2020

          Arla Pickham, 2018-2021

          Julie Young, 2019-2022

          Phil Simonson, 2020-2023



     Courthouse:  Rhonda Hope, Chairperson; Myrna McGrath, Treasurer; Bill Dea, Sandy Petersen, Phil Simonson, Stephanie Simonson

     Schoolhouse:  Iva Marie Holtz, Chairperson; J Pearson, Julie Miller, Jaime Tuttle, Katie Clark

     Octagon Building:  Bill Dea, Chairperson; Jaime Tuttle, Debby King, J Pearson

     Memorial Garden:  Arla Pickham, Chairperson; Jaime Tuttle, Patti Cumper, Sandy Petersen

     Fire Truck:  John Butcher, Chairperson; Kurt Sulley, Debby King, Jaie P Radd

     Museum Curators:  Barbara Butcher, Chairperson; Mary Pearson, Julie Young, Renee Sowers, Angie Haig

     Special Events Coordinator:  Andrea Radd, Arla Pickham, Debby King, Sandy Petersen

     Maintenance Coordinator:  J Pearson, Jaie P Radd, Bill Dea

     Property and Finance of Museum:  Board of Directors

     Finance:  Mary Pearson, 2018-2020; Arla Pickham, 2019-2021; Bill Dea, 2020-2022; Mike Ohm, 2020-2022; Myrna McGrath, Society/Courthouse Treasurer

     Endowment Trust:  Jim Sulhoff, Bill Dea


NEWTOWN-AVOCA HISTORICAL SOCIETY meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum at 7:00 p.m.  Visitors are always welcome at the monthly meetings.  Volunteer lunch assignments for the 2020 meetings include: 

     January 7th - Julie Miller

     February 4th - Andrea Radd

     March 3rd - Phil & Stevie Simonson

     April 7th - Debby King  - Meeting CANCELED Due to Coronavirus Guidelines.

     May 5th - Mike Ohm - Meeting CANCELED Due to Coronavirus Guidelines.

     June 2nd - Jaime Tuttle - Meeting CANCELED Due to Coronavirus Guidelines.

     July 7th - Arla Pickham - Meeting CANCELED Due to Coronavirus Guidelines. 

     August 4th - Rhonda Hope - Meeting CANCELED Due to Coronavirus Guidelines.

     September 1st - Sandy Petersen - Meet outdoors at Firepit at Museum for Food & Socializing.

     October 6th - Meeting CANCELED Due to Coronavirus Guidelines.

     November 3rd - Meeting CANCELED Due to Coronavirus Guidelines.

     December 1st - Meeting CANCELED Due to Coronavirus Guidelines.

     (The January 5, 2021 N-AHS Meeting has also been canceled.)