The Appanoose County Historical Museum will be participating in Saturday’s Holiday Sampler with historic popcorn and historic books. Of course, the main reason people stop by during the Holiday Sampler is to taste the treats, so the Historical Society will be featuring Chief Appanoose Popcorn that is the main ingredient in their recipe. This popcorn came from seeds that originated with the Sac and Fox Indians. This heirloom variety popcorn was shared with a pioneer family in Iowa in the 1850s and grown on the family farm for generations. The last quart of popcorn was nearly lost in the 1970s, but enough was saved for planting so you can still enjoy it today.
They also will be selling books about various aspects of Appanoose County’s history and offering free gift wrapping for their customer’s convenience. There are books about the Mormon Trail through Appanoose County, as well as all of the wonderful books that Bill Heusinkveld authored about cemeteries, homes, towns and villages, coal mining, Civil War and more. Also available is Bob Beck’s book about the history of Rathbun Dam. There are new releases, too: “Centerville: A Mid-American Saga” and “Appanoose County,” an Images of America series book will be available. There will be some very hard to find books like “Rural Schools in Appanoose County” by Helen Johnson and the “History of Mystic” that was done back in 1987. The two-volume set of the 1913 “History of Appanoose County” is available, thanks to the Genealogy Society. Local business histories are available, too. Iowa Southern Utilities, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and Iowa Trust and Savings all created publications that will be for sale.
The museum’s 52544 Gift Shop also has some other great gift items including Courthouse T-shirts, arrowhead necklaces, coal necklaces, bear claws and chunks of coal for that particular stocking that deserves it.
The museum will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday for your Christmas shopping convenience. It is also currently observing winter hours, Wednesday through Friday from 1-4 p.m. However, the museum will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 21 through Jan. 1.