• The Calhoun County Museum announces its exciting facility renovation project! 

    For several years, the museum has wanted to improve its facility to make it more inviting, with the ability to facilitate year round educational and cultural programs. The museum board members considered several ideas, plans and designs. Their primary goal was to better utilize the vast expanse of the current building to display its historical exhibits, while creating a year-round multi-purpose environment in a portion of the building – whether that be a new addition or a renovation.

    During those studies, it was discovered that an underused storage area of the building is in desperate need of structural repair. The location of that portion of the building and its size make it ideal to meet the museum’s goals. This area, adjacent to our gymnasium, provides the entrance for a majority of visitors to our major events. This renovation will greatly improve those events by offering: new modern handicap accessible restrooms, an inviting entrance with safe well-lit sidewalks, a pleasant reception area with benches and storage, a modern office, and a multi-purpose room with modern kitchen facilities to host year round programs and events.

    The museum has an impressive collection of thousands of historical artifacts and documents. Our goal is to make it an interactive facility where visitors can enjoy learning the story of their past. This renovation will make all of that become a reality!

    Through the years, the museum has invested considerable resources upgrading and maintaining its facility; but never have we undertaken such a project. It will be expensive – nearly $200,000.00.  Your generous support will make it possible.

    All donations will be used exclusively for this project, with any balance reserved for future improvements. Each donation will be recorded in a special book at the museum, while those donations at the following levels will be displayed on an Honor Roll Plaque in the reception area:

    Legacy Gift - $75,000

    Heritage Gift - $50,000

    Visionary Gift - $25,000

    ** Keystone Gift - $5,000

    Education Gift - $1,000

    ** This Keystone Gift level was incorrectly listed as $10,000 on other museum brochures the public may have received. We apologize for our error.

    Gifts may be listed as individuals, groups, businesses, organizations, in memory of, etc.

    We are a 501©(3) organization, making your gift tax deductible.

    Donations may be mailed to:

    Calhoun County Museum Building Fund
    P.O. Box 162
    Rockwell City, Iowa 50579

    If you have questions please use our convenient contact form here on our website or call us at (712) 297-8139


    From the Calhoun County Museum Board and all those who volunteer their time – thank you for your generous support to make this fine museum an even better place to visit!