In cooperation with the Iowa Mennonite Museum & Archives, the Kalona Historical Society (KHS) will be celebrating Museum Week at the Historical Village, 715 D Avenue, July 8th to 12th.

Mayor Ken Herington signed a proclamation at the July 1 Kalona City Council meeting  proclaiming the week as Museum Week in recognition of the value of the celebration and the efforts of the KHS to preserve the history of our community.

“We invite visitors to experience Kalona’s history prior to the establishment of a station for the Burlington Cedar Rapids & Northern Railway (BCR&N) in 1879,” said Janet Ferry, president of KHS.

 “Prior to this event, six pioneering towns had grown to prosperity over four decades through progressive farming and a symbiotic relationship with the Native Americans. Museum guests will discover the untold history of the English River Valley through diary entries, Native American and Civil War artifacts, and oral histories from past generations.”

“Funding will be utilized to furnish the exhibit through murals, a timeline, plaques, and touch screen applications, Ferry explained. “Funding is also sought for the development of the timeline, oral histories, and design of interactive displays.”

KHS has a variety of special activities planned for each day of Museum week including:

Monday, July 8, 2 to 6 p.m.: Family Day with old time games. There will be homemade ice cream; wood fired pizza or you can bring your own picnic meal.

The Kalona Optimist Club will be giving away two children’s bicycles and helmets at 6:30 p.m. . Children must be present and with a parent/guardian to win the bikes.

Tuesday, July 9, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Business Day, Scavenger Hunt of the business community. Stop by the Historical Village Visitors Center to get your clue sheet. The more clues you solve, the better your chances of winning some valuable prizes.

Wednesday, July 10, 6 to 8 p.m., Tent Revival history, a short history to be presented by Meg Nagel. Hymn sing and a sermon by Floyd Yutzy of the Cornerstone Church. The Kalona Community Choir will perform and several local quartet will sing.

There will be a bake sale and refreshments served on site. Limited seating. Bring your own lawn chair.

Thursday, July 11, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Quilt In Bring your needle and best stories for a day of quilting. Try your hand at knotting a comforter or just watch and exchange stories. Several local church sewing groups and quilt guilds will be bringing in quilts to work on besides some tie comforters.

Friday, July 12, 1 p.m. – Golf Benefit, at Kalona Golf Course, – shotgun start, 18 holes, 4-person best shot, Door Prizes. Register at the Kalona Golf Club or at KHS Visitors Center.