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Facility Rental

Interested in renting the museum for an upcoming event? Take advantage of our kitchen and seating space on the first floor of the Prairie Trails building. This newly renovated space is perfect to hold any small to medium event. Please contact us if you have any questions about the space, cost, and available dates. Click here for our event space rental agreement.

Why is History Important?

History is the study of past events and the effects these events had on the world. The study of history is important because through history we can understand the past more completely. Understanding the past helps us think critically about the present and future. 

Thanks to the Iowa Arts Council and the Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery Program, the Shelby County Historical Museum was able to purchase sanitization products, eliminate communal keys, and transition services to online platforms. The funds granted to the museum by the Iowa Arts Council helped alleviate expenses accrued due to COVID.


The Shelby County Historical Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1964. This four building complex is located at 1805 Morse Avenue Harlan, Iowa 51537.

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