EXHIBITS

We are very proud to share our heritage with you!  Here a sample of what you will see when you visit us. 

MAIN STREET

Step back in time to stroll our Main Streets!

Our streetscapes provide you a chance to experience the 50's; 30's,and Victorian era.  Enjoy the stores as they may have been!

You will not want to miss some of the photo opportunities on our streets!

The Teddy Bear Museum

Beginning with a Teddy Bear Reunion in1990, this exhibit showcases a permanent display of teddy bear art from around the world. Step into this exhibit, and learn the history of the childhood toy that was named after a president, while enjoying decades of teddy bear art.

Among the collection:

  • Local artist, Steve Schutt

  • History of the Teddy Bear

  • Prototypes for Smithsonian Exhibit

  • Teddy Bear Reunion Vignettes

Agriculture Hall

Over 16,000 square feet of original and restored farm tractors and construction machinery, horse drawn wagons, carriages, sleighs and implements on two levels awaits you.

 

The balcony houses over 2,000 collectible toy models of all kinds in showcases for the toy enthusiast. Below the balcony are large rooms housing individual historical displays from Wright County, the North Central Antique Tractor Club of Iowa, an ice harvesting display, and a working railroad exhibit.

All four walls in the Ag Hall are a showcase in themselves, displaying rare and unusual farm implement signs and clocks with one working neon sign as large as the tractor it advertises.

There is a children's area for supervised climbing and playing on a large farm tractor replica and a real Amish buggy experience. The majority of displays have an educational component for the readers and researchers to pore over.

DUTY AND HONOR

This exhibit takes time to thank veterans for their service to the United States Armed Forces. Among the collection are artifacts from local veterans. Each branch of the military is represented.

A scaled down model of the U.S.S. Iowa completes the collection.

Alvina's Hat Parlor

Alvina Sellers from Clarion became the "Iowa Hat Lady".  Her hat parlor and milinary shop contains a collection of hats, clothing, and other items that belonged to her.  She created a career with her hats and wonderful stories!  Be sure to try on a hat for a "selfie"!

Among the collection:

  • Over 300 of Alvina's 6,000+ Hats

  • Stories from her 5,636 Programs

  • Video from her David Letterman Appearance

Wright County Historical Library

Crafted in the Prairie School design made popular by Frank Lloyd Wright, is the library of the Clarion chapter of the Wright County Historical Society. It includes a research room that is stocked to provide stacks of information and the tools to collect it. The library and research room serves as a station for genealogy or local history research and is available to anyone by appointment.  Click on the menu link above for more information.

Among the collection:

  • Original County Record Books

  • Tax Lists

  • Plat books

  • Clarion / Clarion-Goldfield High school Annuals

  • Church Directories

  • Area Family Histories

  • Organizational Histories

  • Clarion Athletics Records

Affiliated with:

Heartland Museum

119 SW 9th St

PO Box 652

Clarion, IA   50525

515-602-6000

heartlandclarion@gmail.com

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