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Winnebago Historical Society

 The Winnebago Historical Society is housed in the Mansion Museum at 336 N. Clark St., and it oversees Heritage Park, a 91-acre park on the south edge of Forest City. Our mission is to educate children and adults through the Mansion Museum, reintroduce families to their past through the Leibrand-Whiteis Historical Center, and recreate the lives and livelihoods of our ancestors at Heritage Park of North Iowa. 

Mansion Museum


Discover Forest City history!

Welcome to the Mansion Museum and the Leibrand-Whiteis Research Center! We are closed for regular tours for the season, but you can reach us by appointment.

Call Ruth Leibrand, 641-585-2584, Carol Whiteis, 641-585-2308, or Lois Bush, 641-590-1768. 

Or email us at info@mansionmuseumforestcityiowa.org

Find us at 336 N. Clark St.
Forest City, IA 50436. 

Heritage Park of North Iowa


 Heritage Park of North Iowa is a 91-acre site located on the South edge of Forest City, Iowa. Our goal is to preserve our heritage, to educate and to entertain, and to help our region’s economy through tourism. 


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July 15, 2017 - "1900 Memory Lane"

Visit historic 1900 era sites, five homes and one special 1874 church. Come take a step into the past, and enjoy a day of fun including horse carriage rides, music, car show, history with the Iowa History 101 RV, and much, much more!

July 16, 2017 - Heritage Festival

  This event is held in conjunction with Winnebago Industries' annual WIT National Rally . Gates open at 8 a.m. General admission is via a good will offering.The Steel Wheel Cafe, opens at 11 a.m. The service at Beaver Creek Church starts at 9 a.m. Demonstrations in the church basement start at 11 a.m. The Antique Power Show starts at 11 a.m.The Antique Power Show will include grain threshing, log sawing, antique tractors, steam engines and flywheel engines.Also be sure to check out the many buildings that will be open for tours during the festival. Help spread the word about Heritage Park's Annual Heritage Festival. 

August 12, 2017 - Heritage Park Tractor Ride

 The annual tractor ride, sponsored by the Forest City Chamber of Commerce and Heritage Park of North Iowa, is an experience of traveling through North Iowa’s country roads and small towns at a speed that allows you to really see the countryside. All you need is a tractor from the 1960s or older that is capable of a 50 to 70 mile drive, usually on asphalt roads. (The trip is divided into two groups, a fast group and a slow group depending on the speed of your tractor.)Along the ride, you’ll find plenty of food, coffee, and visits with neighbors and new friends. Participants are young and old, men and women, so join the fun! The tractor ride starts at Heritage Park around 7:00 AM with coffee and rolls and a short talk on the route and safety. The groups travel together and enjoy breaks for coffee, rest stops, and a noon meal. The trip ends at Heritage Park around 3:00 PM for more treats! There is a very modest fee to cover expenses, please contact the Forest City Chamber of Commerce at 641-585-2092 or email chamber1@wctatel.net for more information. 

August 26 & 27, 2017 - Heritage Park Horse & Mule Event

This year will be the first annual Horse and Mule Event at Heritage Park of North Iowa. Come and join us for the fun of seeing horses as in yesteryear. See the horses, plowing, pulling wagons, and so much more! There will be over 100 horses and mules to see doing the work on the farm. 

September 14-17, 2017 - 34th Annual Steam Threshing Festival & Rumely Expo

-   From Thursday through Sunday  Heritage Park of North Iowa will be hosting the Rumely Products Collectors Annual Expo held in conjunction with its  Annual Steam Threshing Festival. This four day event is full of actives for the whole family. Admission is $6 per day or $12 for all four days.  See the Show Guide below for complete details and interesting articles. We have also added tractor pulls to this year's event.  Heritage Park of North Iowa is home to a very impressive collections of steam traction engines, prairie tractors, threshing machines, crawlers, flywheel engines, row crop tractors and much more. Come and see what all we have. The rotating images above show a small sampling of some sights from previous events, you may click on any image to view a larger image.Kids activities on Sunday from 11:00-3:00 will include assisted horseback rides, kids fun old-fashioned-outdoor games, trolley rides, face painting, find coins in a haystack, make butter, wash clothes on a washboard, beat rugs, and visit the museums in the Pioneer Village.Our antique tractor pulls will be Sunday. We are pleased to be working with Blue Ox Sled Company to provide these events. See the posters below for details. 

September 30 - October 1, 2017 - Junkpalooza

 This event is geared to celebrate Iowa’s Fall Season. The event will include a “Junk-a-palooza” (Craft & Refurbishing Vendors) and pumpkins from Walking Eagle Pumpkin Patch.Activities to include, but not limited to:

  • Hay rides
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Kids games§  Petting Zoo

Contact  Dawn Arispe
(641) 596-0527

More Events

November 25 - December 24, 2017 Tour of Lights

 Drive thru Park to see various light displays.  A lighted tree display competition for local businesses will be held. Non-profit organizations will be asked to volunteer in building displays and working gates. All organizations volunteering will receive a percentage of the gate fees collected. 

Contact:  Dawn Arispe
(641) 596-0527

December 16th, 2017 - Christmas Church Service

 Come and join your friends in a delightful evening of old memories and new experiences at a Christmas worship service in a beautiful historic church. The rural Beaver Creek church was built in 1890 near Joice, Iowa and now resides at Heritage Park of North Iowa. The annual Christmas service will bring back memories of Christmas’ past and features a soup supper following the service. The soup supper offers two or three different soups so everyone gets their favorite! (Free will donation.). The service begins at 6:00 PM with soup supper to follow after the service. 

Come and join us throughout the year!