Amana Heritage Society

http://www.amanaheritage.org
Amana, IA 52203

amherit@juno.com
(319) 622-3567

The Amana Heritage Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Amana's historical and cultural heritage for the community and its descendants. The Society manages five historic museum sites located in four of the seven Amana villages and the High Amana General Store.

The Amana Heritage Museum is comprised of three 19th Century buildings. Temporary exhibits and special programs focus on particular aspects of Amana's culture.

The Homestead Blacksmith Shop is the original village blacksmith shop and forge. Visitors will learn about the role of the blacksmith in the economic life of the community.

The Communal Kitchen & Cooper Shop Museum contains the only intact communal-era kitchen remaining in the Amanas. The kitchen is preserved as it appeared in 1932 when it served community members for the last time.

The Communal Agriculture Museum exhibits agricultural implements used on Amana's communal farms. Historical photographs and text describe communal farming in Amana.

The Amana Community Church building is one of seven Amana village churches of the Community of True Inspiration. Visitors learn about the architecture of the church building, and the beliefs and practices of the Amana Church Society.

The Homestead Store Museum is a former general store and highlights the role of industry, commerce and Amana's relationship to the outside world. Exhibits on carpet weaving, bookbinding and printing, tinsmithing and the woolen mill industry are included.

The High Amana General Store is a "museum" and an authentic general store in one. Established back in communal days in 1857, the store's exterior and interior have remained virtually unchanged.

See map showing museum locations.

In addition, the school outreach program offers materials for loan and several field trip options.


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