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Easter Egg Roll

March 23rd, 2017

DSC09221Saturday, April 15 1pm-3pm at the American Gothic House Center.
This event is sponsored by GATE

Enjoy egg-rolling races, making bunny ears and other fun crafts. Visit with the Easter Bunny, and snap a photo in front of the American Gothic House.

Free Admission!

Presentation on Buxton, Iowa

March 16th, 2017

Meet the author of Lost Buxton, Rachelle Chase and learn about Buxton, Iowa on April 1st from 4-6 pm, inside the American Gothic House. 

“Buxton2438LOSTcvr.indd, Iowa: A Coal Mining Town Ahead of Its Time.”  In 1900, at a time when Jim Crow, segregation, and the Ku Klux Klan kept blacks and whites separated, residents in Buxton, Iowa—a thriving coal mining town established by Consolidation Coal Company—lived, worked, and went to school side by side. African Americans—miners, teachers, business owners, doctors, lawyers, and more—made up more than half of the population for the first 10 years and remained the largest ethnic group until 1914. By 1922, Buxton was a ghost town. Using photographs and rare audio clips from interviews with former Buxton residents, Author Rachelle Chase will share what made Buxton so unique, both in terms of the residents and the town itself, and why Buxton is still being talked about today


March 4th, 2017

If you are trying to get to the American Gothic House Center please do not follow Google maps! For some reason the directions are incorrect. We have tried to fix this problem but unfortunately this is out of our control. Once you are in Eldon stay on the main road until a large brown sign tells you to turn. Follow the brown signs and they will lead you right here. Thank you and we hope to see you soon!

Brews and Brushes

January 20th, 2017

Join us for Brew and Brushes – Spring in bloom at the American Gothic House
 March 10th at the Hotel Ottumwa, 6pm-9pm

Brews and Brushes Spring


Spend an evening painting alongside local artist Chris Abigt as she provides step-by-step instructions to complete your own masterpiece. All paint and supplies will be provided.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the Hotel Ottumwa front desk, M & J Art and Frame Gallery or the American Gothic House Center. Proceeds from the event will go to the American Gothic House Center Endowment Fund. Seating for this event is limited, purchase tickets soon. Event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and doors open at 5 p.m.

Grant Wood’s Birthday Soup Smorgasbord

January 9th, 2017



Join the American Gothic House Center as we celebrate Grant Wood’s 126th birthday. This year’s birthday party will be at the KD Center in Eldon, Iowa, from 11am-1pm. There will be a variety of delicious home-cooked soups and bread and don’t forget about dessert. Free will donations are welcome and proceeds support programming at the American Gothic House Center. I hope to see you there!

Holiday Hours

December 23rd, 2016

Hello everyone. I just wanted to let you know that we will be closed Christmas Day and New Years Day. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holidays!

Join us for “Brews and Brushes” on August 26

August 3rd, 2016

We are very excited to announce our nextimage1 (1) “Brews and Brushes” FUNdraiser! Spend an evening painting “Harvest Moon” alongside local artist Chris Abigt. This stunning Grant Wood-inspired original painting by Chris will make a lovely souvenir from your evening.

The event will take place Friday, August 26 from 6-9 pm (doors open at 5 pm) in the Hotel Ottumwa ballroom. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the Hotel Ottumwa front desk or the American Gothic House Center. Proceeds from the event will go to the American Gothic House Center Endowment Fund. A special thank you to the Hotel Ottumwa and Chris Abigt for their amazing support.

Seating is limited so be sure to get your tickets soon!

American Gothic Days coming up June 10-12

May 26th, 2016

It’s almost time again for Eldon’s American Gothic Days celebration. The American Gothic House Center will host several events as part of the festivities.

The American Gothic 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $20 and entry forms can be picked up at the American Gothic House Center or downloaded here. Registration includes a t-shirt, map of the route, and awards for winners in different age/gender categories. This event is sponsored by Libertyville Savings Bank and Kremer Funeral Home.

Amateur and professional artists are invited to enter the American Gothic House Art Contest. There will be cash awards for first and second place winners in each division, and registration is free. The works of art will be on display inside the American Gothic House on June 11-12. The contest is sponsored by the Ottumwa Area Arts Council. Entry forms can be picked up at the American Gothic House Center or downloaded here. Entries must be received by June 7.

In addition, the American Gothic House will be open for tours Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, June 12 from 1-4 p.m.

There are numerous other events taking place during American Gothic Days. Please visit http://www.cityofeldon.org/2015-american-gothic-days/ to see an entire list of events.

See “Grant Wood: Prairie Rebel” at the McHaffey Opera House

April 25th, 2016

As part of the American Gothic House Center’s Grant Wood 125th anniversary celebration, the museum is pleased to present Tom Milligan in a performance of “Grant Wood: Prairie Rebel”. The program will take place on Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. at the McHaffey Opera House.

In this 45-minute, one-man show, Grant Wood chats with the audience as if talking to an old friend across the backyard fence, or at his home at Five Turner Alley in Cedar Rapids. He shares the story of how he took the moments, the memories, and the people of Iowa, and showed the whole world its specialness. After the presentation, the audience is encouraged to ask questions of the actor about Grant Wood and his life.

The event is free and open to the public. Funding for this presentation is provided by Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historic programs and grants to Iowa’s communities. Persons with disabilities who require special assistance to attend this event are asked to contact the American Gothic House Center in advance at 641-652-3352.


The Center will also have a special unveiling of a new permanent art piece on Monday, May 2 at 5 p.m. Overalls All Over is a project containing 24 life-sized fiberglass statues depicting the farmer and daughter from American Gothic. Iowa artists created unique designs for each statue. The Center’s piece, Through the Eyes of Grant Wood was designed by Ottumwa artist Chris Abigt and painted by her and Joshua Langgin. The statue highlights pieces from twenty other paintings and lithographs by Grant Wood to intrigue visitors to look deeper into the many accomplished works Grant Wood created during his lifetime.

A reminder this is also your last weekend to see our current exhibit, The American Scene: Prints from the 1930s and 1940s!


Celebrating Grant Wood’s Legacy

February 9th, 2016

The impact of Grant Wood’s work is far reaching, and this year Iowa will be celebrating 125 years of Grant Wood’s life and legacy. Across the state you will find exhibits, programs, lectures and more all in honor of Wood’s 125th anniversary.

The American Gothic House Center will host several events in 2016 to mark the occasion, beginning this week with the opening of our new exhibit, “The American Scene:  Prints from the 1930s and 1940s”, as well as our annual Grant Wood’s Birthday Soup Smorgasbord.

“The American Scene” features a selection of prints from the 1930s and 1940s depicting a variety of rural and urban scenes from across America. The Great Depression had a significant impact on the American art community. Many artists pushed to develop art with a social context and appeal to a broad demographic. Many highly recognized artists became a part of this movement, including John Steuart Curry, Thomas Hart Benton, Isabel Bishop, and Grant Wood. The pieces featured are on loan from the Indian Hills Community College Fahrney Collection. The exhibit will be open from February 13-April 30.

Grant Wood’s Birthday Soup Smorgasbord will take place Saturday, February 13 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm at the KD Center in Eldon. You can enjoy an amazing array of soups, homemade bread and some birthday desserts. Free will donations from the event will support exhibits and educational activities at the American Gothic House Center. Come celebrate Grant Wood, have a wonderful meal, and support a worthwhile cause at the same time.

Please visit our website for a complete list of our 2016 events and be sure to check back as more events are added.



More upcoming events:

Woodblock Printmaking workshop

Saturday, March 19, 12:00-4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Pre-registration required; limited to 10 participants


Easter Egg Roll at our “White House” 

Saturday, March 26, 1:00-3:00 pm
Open to children; free admission


Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau presents Tom Milligan
Grant Wood: Prairie Rebel

Saturday, April 30, 2:00 pm
McHaffey Opera House
Free admission