The BC Historical Society has had a number of events, some to raise money for our many projects and some to promote understanding and appreciation of the history of Buffalo Center. Click on the photos to the left to see more photos from each event.


October 26, 2014

"Amazing Iowa" featuring stories by Jan Stock and Century Farm histories by David Milbrandt, Dean Gerzema and Marilyn Brass. Click here for pictures from the event.


The Cemetery Walk was held on Sunday, October 14 inside the Heritage Town Center due to weather. The program started at 2pm. The museum was also open with a new exhibit on Presidents. Here are some of the scripts from the cemetery walk:

Amanda van dyne Ostrander
Amy Schoon
Iva Claassen
Janice Sue Slaba
Lyle Eldredge
Margaret Sowers
Pomeroy Brothers

On August 4, the BCHS hosted a genealogy program by Zella Weaver Mirick. A passionate genealogist who graduated from Buffalo Center High School and now lives in the Minneapolis area, Zella used a search for her own German ancestors to teach the basic research methods for people who were interested in starting their family tree. It was an inspirational Saturday afternoon for those who attended.

On April 14, the BCHS hosted a Rural Schoolhouse Program at the Heritage Town Center in Buffalo Center.


Recently, the Buffalo Center Historical Society hosted a Veterans' Program at the Heritage Town Center on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2:00 pm. The featured speaker was Roger Natte from Fort Dodge.

The historical society has been busy prepping items for the new Buffalo Center Museum, now housed in the brand new Heritage Town Center. This video is a video tour of the new HTC. At minute 2:30 there is a tour of the museum and the temporary exhibits set up in the room now.

We hosted Music in the park again this July. Music in the Park consisted of live music, ice cream floats and games for children, and ran from 2:00 to 4:00PM on Monday, July 4th.

Root beer or strawberry floats were available, as well as cold water and lemonade. Free games for the children were held at the same time, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

Performing this year was Windy Creek, a blue grass band with Tom Willard and Judy Wiedemeier, which also featured members of the Dirksen family. Also lending their talents to the afternoon were Jessica Wubben, Morgan Kahler and Troy Kettwick. A free will offering was collected to benefit to the many projects of the Buffalo Center Historical Society.

The event was partially funded by a grant from Diamond Jo Casino.


To take advantage of the crowds on Main Street during Buffalo Center's annual Crazy Days, we held a open house military display in the old bank building and treated guests to ice cream sundaes and lemonade. We also held our Fall Favorites Cook-off in the old bank building, as well as our part of an Old Fashioned Christmas in Buffalo Center.

We celebrated spring this year with a March 20th workshop (genealogy, stamp collecting, and Centennial photo display) and lunch at the BC Library.


On Sunday, September 13, members of the BC Historical Society and the Centre Stage Players conducted a Cemetery Walk, visiting grave sites of nine people from Buffalo Center where actors told of the life and times of those buried there, thus passing our local history in the great tradition of storytelling. The purposes of the Walk were to help people better understand history based on the lives of area people and to honor those who have lived here before us.

The 2009 military display was a big hit. Open on Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and several times in-between, it featured military uniforms from World War I, II, the Korean War and Viet Nam, all belonging to local veterans. Also on display were various war memorabilia -- postcards, newspapers, gas masks, a grenade, photos, flags and scrapbooks.


Our pork burger lunch at Lions Club Park on Sunday, September 28, 2008, from 11:00AM until 1:00PM was attended by the many who enjoyed grilled pork burgers, coleslaw, beans and bars or cookies.

The first annual Music in the Park took place in the afternoon of July 4, 2008, at the post office park with local talent. It was a beautiful day, and a large crowd enjoyed the music, along with ice cream and lemonade.

On June 22, 2008, the BC Historical Society sponsored a reading of Sallie (aka Sara or Jo) Rand's 160 letters by Harry (Sallie's grand-nephew) and Katie Buck, of Winona, Minnesota. Separated from family and friends and in a troubled, marriage, Sallie sought a livelihood teaching in South Dakota. She wrote faithfully to her older brother through the Depression and two world wars, giving a window into the hard times and political and cultural climate of that era.