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 - 2021


     Sandy Petersen, President

     Mike Ohm, Vice President

     Mary Pearson, Secretary

     Myrna McGrath, Treasurer



     Four Officers Plus the Following:

          Arla Pickham, 2018-2021

          Julie Miller, 2019-2022

          Phil Simonson, 2020-2023

          Patty Cumper, 2021-2024



     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, Yvonne Engesser, 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 Miller, Renee Sowers

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

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

     Property and Finance of Museum:  Board of Directors

     Finance:  Arla Pickham, 2019-2021; Bill Dea, 2020-2022; Mike Ohm, 2020-2022; Josie Pierce, 2021-2023; 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 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 -

     September 7th, 2021 -

     October 5th, 2021 -

     November 2nd, 2021 -

     December 7th, 2021 -