Calendar of Events
Tours of the American Gothic House
Second Saturday of the month, April-October from 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Please note: Tours of the house will only feature the downstairs portion of the house. The steep stairs, short ceilings, and lack of handrails prohibit safe access to the upstairs.
Due to the historic features of the house and grounds, accessibility for visitors with limited mobility can be challenging. Guests with wheelchairs and walkers may find the terrain to the house difficult to maneuver. In addition, the entrance has two steps (one step to the rear porch, one step to enter the house). We will make every effort to respond and accommodate visitors’ needs. If you have additional questions about accessibility, please call 641-652-3352 or email email@example.com.
The adjacent American Gothic House Center, “photo-op” area, and parking lot are all accessible.
Brews and Brushes – Spring in bloom at the American Gothic House
Friday, March 10th 6pm-9pm at the Hotel Ottumwa.
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.
Presentation at the American Gothic House – Rachelle Chase on Buxton, Iowa
At the American Gothic Gothic House, April 1st from 4-6pm
“Buxton, 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.
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.
Registrations 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 641-652-3352. See the Map (may change depending on weather)
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 frist 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 email@example.com or call 641-652-3352.