Local History


Carnegie Historical Museum

The museum is named for industrialist, Andrew Carnegie, who endowed the Jefferson County Public Library in 1892. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum’s home is the first of 1,689 library buildings which Carnegie funded nation-wide.

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Fairfield Cultural Alliance

The FCA awards yearly mini-grants for projects, holds networking events for artists and cultural participants, and annual Cultural Contribution awards.

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Fairfield Cultural District

Pick up your Fairfield Cultural District self-guided Heritage tour brochure and map when you visit us at the Fairfield & TM® Information Center, 110 North Main Street, just off the square.
(641) 209-7060

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Fair Field Productions

Fair Field Productions is a local non-profit educational organization partnering with Fairfield Media Center to produce the Fairfield History Series – eight films that depict the history of Fairfield Iowa.


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History of Parson’s College

Parson’s College was a liberal arts college located in Fairfield, Iowa. The college closed in 1973 and in August 1974, the campus was purchased by what is now known as Maharishi University of Management.


The Rise and Fall of Parson’s College

The Maasdam Barns

In 1910, J.G. Maasdam erected two barns, next to an existing barn, where he bred Belgian Percheron and other draft horses until 1938. The site includes the Maasdam Barns and a museum.

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