To Artists of All Ages
The Jackson County Historical Society is seeking artists to create and submit art for an auction to raise funds for the restoration of the LaMotte Narrow Gauge Depot Project. The theme of this project is Railroads - specifically the Narrow Gauge. Artists are not limited to just the theme of the project, but submissions could feature any of the "Treasures of Jackson County, Iowa." All art will be auctioned with 50% proceeds to the artist and 50% to the Restoration LaMotte Depot Project.
Deadlines and Timelines:
Call to Artist~
January 6, 2016
Call for Entries~
February 20, 2017
Submission of Art~
April 1, 2017 - July 1, 2017
On-line Roll Out~
July 15, 2017
August 1 thru September 9, 2017
July 15 thru September 10, 2017
La Motte Depot Grand Opening - Septemeber 10, 2017
The La Motte Depot has been a project in the making for over a year. This project included the transportation and restoration of the La Motte Depot at its new home at the Jackson County Historical Society Clinton Engines Site.
Three Sites of Rich History
The Jackson County Historical Society proudly presents 3 different sites to visit.
Jackson County Museum
Jackson County Fairgrounds
This site has been dedicated to the general history of Jackson County. Newspapers, exhibits, and artifacts collected throughout many areas in Jackson County history. Also home to the Iowa Orphan Train Research Center, and the Penningroth Machine Shed. The machine shed is home many of the tools, and machinery used through the county. Including a working steam engine.
Clinton Engines Site
607 E Maple St, Maquoketa, IA 52060
Clinton Engines was home to one of the biggest small engine manufacturers in the world. Home to 18 million engines. This site started with the restoration of the Clinton Engines Administration Building, and has grown to include the La Motte Train Depot, as well as an Agricultural Center. Each site contains unique pieces of Jackson County history.
Hurstville Lime Kilns
1 mile north of Maquoketa, on old Highway 61
The four lime kilns at Hurstville constitute the largest group of fully restored kilns in the country. This major feat was completed in 1985, taking four years at the cost of $61,000. The site, affliated with Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area. It remains a cooperative venture of the Jackson County Historical Society and the Jackson County Conservation Board..