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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!“

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Mission

Our mission is to encourage an appreciation and interest in the history, art, and culture of our
community and state.

Vision

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.

Museum History

1970

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.

1976

The fire station and jailhouse was granted status as a National Historic Site.  The buildings were turned over to the City.

2001

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.

2006

Planning and fundraising began for the restoration of the fire station and jailhouse, still considered to be part of the Museum.  

2010

Restoration work began and although multiple setbacks did occur, a group of dedicated volunteers saw this project completed in 2014.

2016

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

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Sara Cook

Director
Tel: (319) 342-3619
Email: ffamuseum@lpctel.net

Cynthia Stevens

Senior Associate

Benet Conlin

Associate
 

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Meet our Board

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LeAnn
Craft

Co-Chair
 

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Sherry
Sheffler

Co-Chair
 

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Adam
Sacquitne

FFA Advisor
 

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Jason
Cook

Board Member
 

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Bridget
Fuller

Board Member
 

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Larry
Mehlert

Board Member
 

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Cherri
Whittington

Board Member
 

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