About The Jones County Historical Society

Establishment of the Historical Society

The Jones County Historical Society was organized in July of 1963 with twenty-two members and appointed Gus Norlin as temporary chairman. At that time, the organization was interested in compiling a new edition of county history, which was last completed in 1910. They also wanted to raise enthusiasm for some kind of museum to house items of historical value that would otherwise be lost to posterity.
In 1974, the dream became a reality when a dedication was held for the Edinburg Pioneer Village main museum. The village now has grown into a museum complex with twelve buildings and a treasure trove of memorabilia of early life in Iowa.
Several of the buildings have been relocated to the village from different areas of Jones County for preservation and feature displays authentic to the time period they were built in. 
All items on display have been donated and volunteers care for the grounds, buildings and displays.