Odebolt Museum

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(Click the photo for an enlargement)

  Northeast corner of 2nd and Maple Streets
        Open throughout the year by appointment. 
CALL to set up a tour or appointment: 
(712) 668-2685  Mary Schroeder;  668-4338 Pam Hansen

CONTACT:  Send correspondence or monetary donations to:
Odebolt Museum
PO Box 362
Odebolt, IA 51458

Curator/President - Stephanie Fleenor
Vice President Kathy Larson
Treasurer Renae Babcock
Secretary Mary Schroeder
Members:  Thelma Schroeder, Betty Hansen, Margaret Landgraf,  Charlotte Bengford, Verna Mae Schwaller, Eleanor Peterson, Alice Hemphill, Rebecca Ullrich, Marilyn King, Stephanie Fleenor, Barb Horak, Bonnie Ekse.


old buildings
The museum building as it appeared in 1910 as " Koehler and Hanson",
which was in the hardware & implement business until about 1920


Click on the image to enlarge.
If you can't see the slideshow, click here.

Take the old VIRTUAL TOUR

Visit our history web site

The Odebolt History Pages
Editors: Barb Horak and Bonnie Ekse

Help identify unknown photos!  Click here!

Odebolt Museum Obituaries
nearly 4000 obituaries on-line!

View Odebolt newspapers
from the late 1800s to 2004 ON-LINE!

Click and join our Facebook page!

Don and Dan Etler's historical presentation about Brookmont Farm (the Cook Ranch) is now on-line on YouTube. 
To access it

The museum sells items to raise funds.  
Click each link below
for descriptions & ordering information.
School Trophies from Odebolt-Arthur Schools
Historical Note Cards
Historical Ornaments
History Book
School Year Books


We need your help!

The Odebolt Historical Society wishes to restore the current
Museum building to its former glory. 

Phase 1 replace 3 windows upstairs and add new canvas awnings over downstairs windows. (Completed, as in above photo)
Phase 2 continue replacement of upstairs windows (Completed)

Phase 3 open front fourth of the first floor to expose the tin ceiling.
Phase 4
restore stair railings to gain public access to the upstairs
Phase 5 - re
model the upstairs for more display space.

The Historical Society is accepting donations to help with remodel costs.
Send to:  Odebolt Museum, PO Box 362, Odebolt, IA 51458


DONATE ITEMS  Help preserve the history of our town and its people by contacting the museum to donate historical items, historical books, pamphlets or newspaper articles, family histories, photographs or other items your family does not wish to keep.

NEEDS  The museum is in need of manikins, display cases and shelving units, and of course, monetary donations are always appreciated.

Memorial to Historical Museum
Elaine Vivian Dannenberg Raasch enthusiastically shared her knowledge of the history of Odebolt during her latter years. She followed the development of the Odebolt Historical Museum and admired its volunteers in their accomplishments in establishing and maintaining the museum.

 In keeping with her wishes to preserve the heritage and artifacts of the community, her nephew John Brooks Noyd funded the installation and ongoing maintenance of an alarm system to protect and to minimize the loss of the community keepsakes from fire, burglary and vandalism. This was done in admiration of his Aunt Elaine's devotion to the Odebolt community and its history.


3 1/2 x 5 inch note cards,
printed front and back, with envelopes

Packs of 5 = $4.00
Packs of 10 - $7.00

Proceeds go to help defray costs
of operating the museum

To order: send request to
History Museum
PO Box 362
Odebolt, IA 51458

Also available from any Museum Association member
and at Iowa State Bank on Main Street in Odebolt.

notes front
Front of note card

notes back
Back of note card



The museum sells historical Christmas ornaments to raise funds.

Capture a bit of Odebolt's past!  

Historic Ornaments - Limited Edition Collectibles

The 2015 ornament features The Odebolt Welcome signs


Ornaments from other years also available.  Call or email for information.


The 2012 ornament features the Cook Ranch

The 2013 ornament features the Iowa Rural Schools Museum

The 2014 Ornament features the Peterson Pioneer Home

 For mail orders:   Add $3.00 to price for shipping

Send request with check to:
History Museum
PO Box 362
Odebolt, IA 51458


Odebolt School Yearbooks for Sale
Price is $10.00 each. 
Send order to: 
Odebolt Museum, PO Box 362, Odebolt, IA 51458

Email the curator for information

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  Odebolt Forever - 2002 Odebolt History Book

history book

HISTORY BOOK - An updated history of Odebolt was published for the Odebolt Quasquicentennial in 2002.  A limited number of these books remain. 

FOR MAIL ORDERS:  Print and send in the on-line order form

The books are also for sale at Iowa State Bank on Main Street in Odebolt until supplies are sold out. 


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Odebolt Assisted Living

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