In 2011, the Madison County Historic Preservation Commission applied for and received a grant from the Greater Madison County Community Foundation to create a Traveling History Display. Since that time, local photographer Beth Gray spent many hours photographing items of interest or gathering historic photos plus creating accompanying text to arrange on this beautiful display.  It has received much local acclaim.  The various displays provide information on our local history and just may pique your interest to delve deeper into Madison County’s rich heritage.

A new display was created in October, 2017 featuring historic photos and captions of the three Madison County Courthouses – the original log Courthouse, the first limestone one that burned, and our current 1878 Courthouse.  We are indebted to the Madison County Historical Society for the historic photos.


 The Traveling History Display
can be enjoyed at:

October, 2017 – Madison County Courthouse

November, 2017 – Madison County Memorial Hospital

December, 2017 – Mi Pueblito Mexican Restaurant

January, 2018 – Union State Bank, Winterset

February, 2018 – Farmers & Merchants State Bank, Winterset

March, 2018 – Montross Pharmacy, Winterset

April, 2018 – Earlham Public Library

May, 2018 – Madison County Historical Museum

June, 2018 – Farmers & Merchants State Bank, St. Charles

July, 2018 – Sports Page Restaurant

August, 2018 – American State Bank, Winterset

September, 2018 – Winterset Public Library


This is the fifth sets of photos and information that has been displayed. The first display featured 32 of the 50 Madison County properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The second one provided a collection of “then and now” photos of commercial buildings in the Winterset Courthouse Historic District. The third display featured seven citizens who played a part in Madison County’s section of the Underground Railroad, including one Freedom Seeker (runaway slave) who returned to Winterset to live for 50 years.  The fourth display held the history of towns throughout Madison County.

The display is loaned throughout Madison County at no charge for a month at a time. If you would like to have the current display set up in your business, please contact Beth Gray for more information: