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The second Teen Haven Comes to life on the east side of the square

By February 1959 it was generally accepted throughout Villisca that a replacement for the current Teen Haven was needed. But the question was how to make that happen. It was originally hoped one of the buildings in town could be … Continue reading

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Boo! Halloween through the years in Villisca

In the early days of Villisca, and of this corner of southwest Iowa, Halloween was an excuse to throw a party, or two, dress up in homemade costumes, and take part inactivitiesspecific only to that time of year. (Think bobbing … Continue reading

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Join the Villisca Historical Society Today!

Support your local historical society ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE Villisca Historical Society* Join now! Just $10 for the remainder of 2019. Or save a few dollars and for $25 August 2019- December 2020. Annual family membership $35. Sustaining membership* $100. Help Save … Continue reading

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Remembering an old soldier

Villisca has always had military heroes. But as time passes, the town’s collective memories of old soldiers pass away and modern day Villiscans don’t remember those heroes as they once did. I’m not suggesting they’re no longer honored. But perhaps … Continue reading

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Marching in style—firemen’s uniforms over the years

Back in the early days in Villisca, as well as in neighboring towns and across the entire state, being a member of the local volunteer fire department meant a lot more than “simply” putting out fires that threatened to burn … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas to all!

The hustle and bustle of Christmas is not new to Villisca. One hundred forty-six years ago, just like today, there were many events surrounding the holiday—from dances and dinners, to buying and giving gifts, to church going and school programs. … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving and Football – Hand in Hand

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Hallowe’en celebrations in 1911

Halloween was taken very seriously, back in the day.  By seriously, it is meant that adults and children alike took delight in dressing up and playing at being frightened. Villisca was no different. Kids and grown ups looked forward to … Continue reading

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Special Villisca Historical Society benefit screening of “The Barn Raisers” will be presented July 1

The Barn Raisers, a new documentary by Mid-America Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle (Villisca: Living with a Mystery) of Fourth Wall Films will be showcased at Villisca Heritage Day, Sunday, July 1. The award-winning film will screen at 2:00 p.m. at the Villisca Wellness Center, 219 Central Avenue and benefit the Villisca Historical Society and its efforts to preserve local history.  Continue reading

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Memorial Day: They also served . . .

Creator W. B. King. American Red Cross. Second War Fund. 1917 Fundraising poster for the Red Cross.  Written by Linda Artlip Weinstein VILLISCA GIRL IN POSTER—Effie Kelley Vliet, a Villisca girl who attended Villisca High School with the Class of … Continue reading

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