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During Annual Steam Threshing Festival - June 7th to 9th, 2019

This is for golf cart rental during our Annual Steam Threshing Festival  at Heritage Park of North Iowa. We will have rentals available from Thursday through Sunday at $60 per day.  If you would like to rent a golf cart please click on the red golf cart to the right...

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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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Throughout Forest City, check this out!

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 21st, 2019 - 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 10th, 2019 - 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 24th & 25th, 2019 - Heritage Park Horse & Mule Event

Our second year of the Horse and Mule event has been expanded to include the Civil War. Watch the Civil War come to life. Visit the encampments, both Union and Confederate, learn what really happened. View and participate in demonstrations within the period each afternoon. We will have President Lincoln on the grounds overseeing the Union troops and visiting with the public.  Period entertainment both days, and a Dance Saturday at 6:00 pm upstairs of the Horse Barn.

The primary event is for and about all Horses and Mules plus the other working animals on the farm. An opportunity to see the horses and mules at work and play. Talk with and watch teamsters work. Watch the field work, plowing and disking. The horses will use ground power sweeps to perform corn shelling, corn grinding, oat threshing, sorghum pressing and use of an operational hay press. Enjoy coach and wagon rides around the park grounds. Look over the displayed vintage and modern equipment of animal powered equipment. See an original circus wagon pulled by two teams of horses or mules. Most of the Parks museums and displays will be open. Witess a Blacksmith working metal stock into tools and useful items, some even available for sale. Food vendors will also be available, so the family can make a day of it.

June 7th to 9th, 2019 - 36th Annual Steam Threshing Festival

This year from Friday through Sunday be sure to check out our annual Steam Threshing Festival at Heritage Park of North Iowa. You will be able to see plowing, museums, kids games, tractors, steam engines, crafters, vendors, spark show, tractor pull, threshing machines, food and much more! 

Our museums will be open through out the 3 day event and all brands of tractors and equipment from days gone by are welcome. 

We will be hosting the Minneapolis Threshing Company, the Sheppard Diesel Engines and Tractors and will hosting a Show 'n Shine Car Show so be sure to check out all of the great equipment brought by the Chapter 5 members and other IH enthusiasts.

We will have room for everyone's displays so please come and join us. Check out our website for more information... www.heritageparkofnorthiowa.com 

September 28th - 29th, 2019 - 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 23rd - December 24th, 2018 - Holiday 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 15th, 2018 - 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!