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Art Contest

April 27th, 2017

2006 1st Place AdultSponsored by The Ottumwa Area Arts Council 
Friday June 9th – Sunday June 11th

Celebrate the beautiful and unique house that inspired Grant Wood’s American Gothic. Enter your artwork in one of five divisions to win a cash prize for first and second place in your division. All media (except photography) are excepted, submissions will be on display during American Gothic Days. Submissions are due with registration form by 5pm on Tuesday, June 6th. For more information please email theamericangothichouse@wapellocounty.org or call 641-652-3352.

American Gothic Days – 5K Run/Walk

April 27th, 2017

Sponsored By Cranston Family Funeral Home & Monument Sales and Libertyville Savings BankDSC08558
Saturday June 10th at 7:30am

Registration begins at 6:45am. All ages are welcome (16 and  under must by accompanied by an adult). Route goes through Eldon, along the Des Moines River, through the park and will end where you begin at the American Gothic House Center. Fill out the registration form and give it back to the American Gothic House Center. For any questions please email theamericangothichouse@wapellocounty.org or call 641-652-3352. See the Map (may change depending on weather)

Sunday April 16th

April 10th, 2017

The center will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 16th so our lovely volunteers and staff can spend time with their families.

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!