Who We Are & What We Do
The La Porte City Museum prides itself on exhibits that explore not only the past but the present and the future. Our creative and innovative exhibits are supplemented with personal stories that bring them to life and tie them to the lives of our guests. Join us today for an adventure at the La Porte City FFA Historical and Ag Museum, ”where learning is fun!“
Our mission is to encourage an appreciation and interest in the history, art, and culture of our
community and state.
The La Porte City FFA Historical and Ag Museum will become a destination where exhibits create educational opportunities and enrich the quality of life for all visitors.
The museum was founded by the La Porte City FFA chapter. It was located on Chestnut St. in the town’s circa 1876 fire station and jailhouse.
The fire station and jailhouse was granted status as a National Historic Site. The buildings were turned over to the City.
The fire station and jailhouse were in need of some major repairs, so the City purchased the historic building at 408 Main St. Volunteers spent four years on the renovation. It is now the main home for the museum.
Planning and fundraising began for the restoration of the fire station and jailhouse, still considered to be part of the Museum.
Restoration work began and although multiple setbacks did occur, a group of dedicated volunteers saw this project completed in 2014.
Today the site on Chestnut St., which now includes the fire station, jailhouse and an 1861 log cabin makes up our ‘Rural Iowa Heritage Center.’
Meet our Staff
Tel: (319) 342-3619
Meet our Board