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 and 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, 2016 featuring the towns throughout Madison County, including original plat maps and historic photos.  It shows a map of Madison County’s many past post offices plus lists of churches and schools.


oct-photo-display-madco-towns-peru The Traveling History Display
can be enjoyed at:

October, 2016 – Madison County Courthouse

November, 2016 – Madison County Memorial Hospital

December, 2016 – Mi Plueblito Mexican Restaurant

January, 2017 – Farmers & Merchants Bank, St. Charles

February, 2017 – Winterset High School and Middle School Library

March, 2017 – Union State Bank, Truro

April, 2017 – Earlham Public Library

May, 2017 – Madison County Historical Museum


This is the fourth 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 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: