Come explore the history of Pella, the Dutch, Iowa, and our country through PHSM's History Series.

Saturday, Jan. 26, Scholte Church, 2pm

"Laura's Moving Day!"

Laura Ingalls Wilder is moving from DeSmet to her new home in Missouri--what should she take and what should she bring? Great for the whole family. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 21, Scholte Church, 7pm

"Meet Mamie"

Iowa's only First Lady--Mamie Eisenhower--comes to life when Boone resident Diana Helmer portrays Mamie, her joys and fears, and her life in the White House. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 21, Pella Opera House, 7pm

Showing of "They Shall Not Grow Old"

This documentary of colorized WWI archival footage puts a face and a name to the reels we have seen. Experience what WWI was really like for those in the trenches. PHSM is one of the few places in Iowa where this film will be screened. PHSM members, free; non-members, $5 at the door.

Thursday, June 6, Sterrenberg Library, Noon

History Book Club: The Diary of Anne Frank

The book club will meet to discuss this seminar work of coming-of-age literature...a young Dutch, Jewish girl who is forced into hiding during WWII. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, July 23, 7pm

"Iowa’s Lost History from the Titanic"

What do an orphan train rider, a kidnapper, a missionary, a wealthy businessman, a wedding guest, a betrayed wife, a farmer and an immigrant recruiter have in common? All had ties to Iowa, and all were passengers aboard the ill-fated Titanic on the fateful night of April 15, 1912. 

Thursday, September 5, Sterrenberg Library, Non

History Book Club:  "Girl With the Pearl Earring"

Tuesday, September 10, Scholte Church, 7pm

"Iowans Who Fought for the Confederacy"

Thursday, September 19, van Emmerik Studio - Central College, 7pm

Movie Showing - "Girl With the Pearl Earring"

To follow up on our book club this month, we'll be airing "Girl With the Pearl Earring," starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth. Even if you haven't read the book, we encourage you to view the movie that looks at the background of Vermeer's most famous painting. (The scenery alone is worth it all!) Free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 20, Graceland Cemetery - Pella, 1:30-3:30

Graceland Cemetery Walk

Hear from actors portraying historical Pella-cans as they tell about their lives and deaths. Part of the Pella Historical Society and Museums' History Series, sponsored by Walmart. Tickets available for purchase at the Vermeer Mill Front Desk - $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Please park at Heartland Reformed Church, 628 Hwy T14, where a tram will transport you to and from the cemetery. Rain date October 27. If we must use the rain date and you are unable to attend, you may return your tickets to the Vermeer Mill for a full refund.

Monday, October 21, Scholte Church, 7pm

"The Dollar a Day Boys"

Listen to Bill Jamerson as he tells the story of and gives musical tribute to the young men who joined the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 14, Cox-Snow Auditorium at Central College, 7pm

"The Pella Pioneers Meet the Native Americans"

Dr. Ron Rietveld will give insight on the first meetings between Pella pioneers and Native Americans in the area. PHSM and Central Red members only.

Thursday, December 5, Sterrenberg Library, Noon

History Book Club: Hans Brinker; or, The Silver Skates

The book club will meet to discuss this classic work by Mary Mapes Dodge, published in 1865. The book paints a colorful picture of the Netherlands in the nineteenth century. Free and open to the public.

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Historical Village

507 Franklin St.

Pella, Iowa 50219

Scholte House Museum &

Maria's Tea Room

728 Washington St.

Pella, Iowa 50219

Tulip Time Office


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Vermeer Mill Tours:

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 1:30 pm  &  2:30 pm

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