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~ 
April 1, 2017  

Submission of Art~ 
April 1, 2017 - July 1, 2017 

On-line Roll Out~ 
July 15, 2017 

On Display~ 
August 1 thru September 9, 2017 

On-line Bidding~ 
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..



Who we are

Brief History On JCIAHS

The Jackson County Historical Society is a private non-profit corporation headquartered in Maquoketa, Iowa. . The first Jackson County Historical Society was chartered in 1903 and active for many years. It was “renewed” in 1964, and found a permanent home on the County Fairgrounds when the Pearson Memorial Center was built. It has a membership of approximately 400, many of whom are active and dedicated volunteers. The Society is governed by a 12 member Board of Directors, each serving a three year term.

What we do

Dedicated to preserving our Rich Hertiage

The Jackson Count Historical Society initiates and coordinates the restoration and maintenance of a variety of different artifacts, machinery, and historical sites. We believe that preserving the most precious parts of our county to allow both present and future generations to fully experience and learn lessons from our past. Please visit any one of our locations to take part, and become part of history.