The Johnston Iowa Historical Society maintains a beautiful Museum
in a century old house just west of the Johnston Library

[Museum, Windmill and Barn]
Click on this photo to see more photos of the Museum and Barn.


Johnston Historical Society Holiday Open House - Saturday, December 4, 2021

The Johnston Library will have its Holidays in Johnston event at 2:30 to 4:30 on Saturday, December 4
and the nearby 1902 Simpson House Museum will also be open then.

Please drop by for a tour of the decorated house museum.

Enjoy cookies and cocoa with friends.

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Our Email Address has Changed

Our new email address is: johnstonhistoricalsociety@gmail.com


Historical Murals Tours

The City put the 2019 presentations of the historical murals at the intersection of NW 86th St. & NW 62nd Ave. and at Lawson School on their website as follows:

Historical Murals at Cornerstones

Murals in Lawson Elementary


Museum Hours - COVID-19 Response:

The 1902 Simpson House will be closed until further notice. However, we are all making history and we will overcome this challenge.
Consider writing down how you and your family is managing through this experience and send it to the Johnston Historical Society at johnstonhistoricalsociety@gmail.com.
You can be part of a Johnston pandemic history collection.

Please call the museum phone 515-608-5730 and leave a message or send an email to johnstonhistoricalsociety@gmail.com if you need further assistance.
We will contact you as soon as possible.


Social Distancing Johnston History Facts Scavenger Hunt

The Johnston (Station) Historical Society has created a COVID-19 social distancing Johnston history fact scavenger hunt. The Johnston history facts scavenger hunt involves a combination of on-line information and visits to historical locations in the City of Johnston. There are 26 Johnston history facts in the Johnston history facts scavenger hunt; 10 from the websites of the City and the Johnston Historical Society and 16 from actual locations around the city.

Scavenger Hunt Details


NOTE: Information added 12/31/2019 - select About us from the menu then StEPs

The StEPs section under the About US option has been added.

The Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs) ia an assessment program provided by the American Association for State and Local History.

An independent assessment of our use of the StEPs program is presented in this article


NOTE: Information added - select History from the menu then Families

The Families section under the History option has been updated.


The Simpson Barn

The Simpson Barn is a restored barn located at 6169 Northglenn Drive. The barn can be rented for your special event. For information call the Johnston Parks Department at (515) 727-8091.


If you have ever lived, worked or gone to school in Johnston, Iowa you are a part of its unique history. Please join the Johnston (Station) Historical Society.

New members of all ages, who want to learn and help record the past and present history of the area, are always welcome.

To learn more, write:
Johnston (Station) Historical Society
6161 Northglenn Drive
Johnston, Iowa 50131
Or call: (515) 608-5730
Or send us an email: johnstonhistoricalsociety@gmail.com