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 - 2022

OFFICERS:

     Mike Ohm, President

     Julie Miller, Vice President

     Renee Sowers, Secretary

     Myrna McGrath, Treasurer

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

     Four Officers Plus the Following:

          Barbara Butcher, 2022-2022

          Phil Simonson, 2020-2023

          Patty Cumper, 2021-2024

          Sandy Petersen 2022-2025

 

COMMITTEES:

     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

     Octagon Building:  Bill Dea, Chairperson; Jaime Tuttle, Yvonne Engesser, J Pearson

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

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

     Museum Curators:  Barbara Butcher, Chairperson; Mary Pearson, Julie Miller, Renee Sowers

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

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

     Property and Finance of Museum:  Board of Directors

     Finance:  Bill Dea, 2020-2022; Mike Ohm, 2020-2022; Josie Pierce, 2021-2023; Arla Pickham, 2022-2024; 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.   

     January 4th, 2022 - Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum.

     January 24th, 2022 - Special meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Museum called by President Mike Ohm.

     February 1st, 2022 - Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum.

     March 1st, 2022 - Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum.

    April 5th, 2022 - Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum.

     May 3rd, 2022 - Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum.

     June 7th, 2022 - Meeting CANCELED Due to Wind/Hail Storm & No Electricity.

     July 5th, 2022 - Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum.

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

     January 5th, 2021 - Meeting CANCELED Due to Coronavirus Concerns.

     February 2nd, 2021 - Meeting CANCELED Due to Coronavirus Concerns.

     March 2nd, 2021 - Meeting CANCELED Due to Coronavirus Concerns.

     April 6th, 2021 - Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum.  Roll Call:  Tell something you accomplished during the pandemic, or how you survived the pandemic.

     May 4th, 2021 - Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum.

     June 1st, 2021 - Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum.

     July 6th, 2021 - Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum.

     August 3rd, 2021 - Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum.

     September 7th, 2021 - Dining out at 6:00 p.m. at Minden Bowl.

     October 5th, 2021 - Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum.

     November 2nd, 2021 - Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum.

     December 7th, 2021 - Potluck Christmas Meal at 6:00 p.m. at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum.  Bring a dish of your choice to share.