Hart-Parr / Oliver / White Tractor Collection
Contains company history files, annual reports, company photographs, negatives and slides, union records (United Auto Workers union, Local 1415), motion picture films, technical manuals, blueprints, sales literature, artifacts from the factory and tractors produced in the Charles City, Iowa, plant. Collection spans 1889-1995.
Note: Original and reprinted manuals are for sale as well as Oliver motion picture films transferred to video tape. Please call the Museum for more details.
Local History & Artifact Collection
Over 50,000 artifacts ranging from pre-history through the twentieth century, primarily focusing on the period 1850-1950. Includes household, agricultural, professional, trades, leisure, transportation, decorative arts, textiles, folk art, and military-themed materials.
+ Newspaper clippings, monographs, obituaries, and research papers on the history of Floyd County. Collection spans 1850-present. About 25 linear feet.
John G. Legel Drug Store
Collection of artifacts from the Legel Drug Store in Charles City, Iowa. Collection contains apothecary bottles, store fixtures, mixing / compounding / distilling / dispensing apparatus, medical appliances, general merchandise, and ephemera. Donated in site to the Floyd County Historical Society and opened as a museum in 1962. Collection spans 1884-1962.
Log Cabin & Early Pioneer Life
As you walk through the doorway imagine yourself living in an 1850s log cabin. The entire family lived in one room which served as a kitchen, dining room, living room, and parent's bedroom. The children slept in the upstairs loft. The fireplace was the heart of the home providing heat, light, and cooking facilities.
Gallery Area: Temporary Displays
One of the highlights of this area is the Olympic Torch. For the 100th Anniversary of the Olympic Games, the Olympic Committee organized a 1996 torch relay that covered a large portion of the United States. As a part of the relay to Atlanta, the torch was brought through Charles City.
Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Collection
Several artifacts and about 1.5 linear feet of documents pertaining to the noted woman suffrage leader and founder of the League of Women Voters, who was reared in rural Charles City. Collection spans about 1890-1995.
William B. Holbrook - 1850s
Listen to an audio recording of passages in William Holbrook's journal, written in 1856.
Harriett Hill Townsend - 1854
Listen to the memoirs of Harriett Hill Townsend written in 1854.
John Blunt Family - Memoirs
Listen to the memoirs of the John Blunt Family in 1852.