News & Information

Tuesday July 4th

June 29th, 2017

The Center will be closed on Tuesday July 4th, so our lovely staff and volunteers can celebrate their freedom, and this great country. We would also like to thank the men and women of the armed forced that allow us to keep our freedom.

Exhibit inside the American Gothic House – City of Eldon Commemorates 70th anniversary of the Flood of ’47

June 24th, 2017

eldon flood 2eldon flood 1Saturday July 8th from 10 am-4 pm, Sunday July 9th from 1 pm – 4 pm, and Saturday July 15th from 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday July 16th from 1 pm – 4 pm.

This amazing exhibit, curated by Patti Durflinger, expresses the shock and devastation of the flood of ’47. Come and see what downtown Eldon looked like, hear testimonials from individuals that lived through the flood.

Printmaking at the American Gothic House

May 10th, 2017
DIY Etching
Led by Colin Lyons: Grant Wood Fellow, University of Iowa
May 27, 2017 from 12-3 pm. 
Inspired by Grant Wood’s interest in printmaking and landscape, this 3-hour intensive workshop will introduce participants to the basics of etching, using readily available, DIY materials and processes.  Within the open-air setting outside the American Gothic House, we will create beautifully etched, copperplate images.  Materials and supplies, including an etching press, copper plates, paper, and inks will be supplied.
For more information and to RSVP please call 641-652-3352 or email

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 or call 641-652-3352.

American Gothic Days – 5K Run/Walk

April 27th, 2017

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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 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.