History

Historic resources are the legacies of the past that are associated with physical elements of the landscape.  These physical elements can be natural or man-made, reflect the actions of people, and may include buildings, archaeological sites, people, examples of human activity, and themes.  Historic features can be inventoried, mapped, and interpreted.  They possess integrity of location, design, setting, material, workmanship, feeling, and association.  These historic resources have shaped the Northeast Iowa region’s past, and by doing so, have impacted its present.  They educate the viewer, stir an appreciation of the past, and influence our future.

Featured Historic Resources

  • Burkhard Riegel Blacksmith Shop

    Riegel came to Clermont from Germany in 1931 and set up his blacksmith shop, operating until the early 1980s.

  • Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

    Vesterheim showcases the most extensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world.

  • The Stone Man

    The Stone Man marked the boundary of the “Neutral Territory” set by the US Government to separate the peaceful Winnebago from the aggressive Sioux and Fox tribes. It also served as a travel hub and meeting location throughout the region.