Featured Collections

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A Photo Gallery from Our Main Museum Site

Our Country School House Museum

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German Halle

Perhaps our most treasured artifact, this tapestry was donated by Carl Martin to the museum, who discovered it while deconstructing the old German Halle in 1959 to make way for our new high school.  We believe it to be from the early 1880s.

Our Military

We proudly display our rich history of military men and women.

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Walnut High School Class Composites

One of our most popular displays includes graduating class composites from 1903 to 2014.

Our Inventors

Walnut has had many inventors, most of whom were active in the late 19th and early 20th century.  Our most recent display documents our many inventors, inventions, and home-made devices.

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Bedroom - early 20th century

We have organized a typical bedroom from the early 20th century, with many original items donated from local citizens.

Newspaper Collection

Donated by Steve and Jean Epley, former owners of the local newspaper, our collection includes well-preserved originals of most editions of the Walnut News (1878-1882) and the Walnut Bureau (1883 - 2015), which were published weekly and contain a written record of our history.  In addition, our local Genealogy Society has commissioned the digitization of this collection.

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Walnut's History in Photographs

Our collection of old photographs documents the buildings, shops and influential people of Walnut from 1870 to the 1940s.  This bound annotated compilation, 261 pages of 8.5"x14" size, is currently in its 6th edition and is available for viewing at the museum, or may be purchased.

Walnut Bureau photographs 1946-1972

The Walnut Bureau collection donated by the Epleys also included a box of negatives which have now been scanned into four bound photographic compilations.  The negatives were from the new Bureau camera which was purchased in late 1946.  These collections are available for viewing at the museum or can also be purchased.

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A Baseball Town

Our collection includes many artifacts and photos related to sports, and especially baseball.  Also available is a  compilation of Walnut Bureau photos related to baseball, and a set of four videos entitled "Walnut, Iowa: A Baseball Town", which document our rich baseball and non-sports-related history from 1871 to 1955.

Farming is Our Life

We are a small town which caters to, and was formed by, those who farm.  Our museum includes several artifacts related to early farming and farm life.

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The Rock Island

Walnut was founded as a stop on the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad in 1869.  Less than 100 years later, the last rail was torn up as Interstate 80 changed forever our lives and the way we traveled and transported goods.

Our Famous People

Walnut claims a few famous people as its own.

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Our Schools

Walnut's Independent School District was organized in 1872, and the Walnut Community School was closed in 2016.  Our museum includes many artifacts and photos from our city and country schools over the decades.