Tama County, Iowa

Tama County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Dysart Pancake Breakfast


On Sunday, January 14, 2018, the Dysart Historical Society will be hosting a pancake breakfast at the Dysart Community Building, 418 Main Street, Dysart, Iowa, from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  They will be serving pancakes, sausage, a fruit cup, and beverages for a free will donation.  All proceeds will to to the roof replacement fund for the 124-year-old building that houses their museum, the former Peace Church.

A Rare Book Showcase


Lovers of old books and good stories are invited to a Rare Book Showcase where six special and rare books from around the Iowa Valley region will be shared.

The set of books is diverse, with the Tama County contribution being Arabesky, a well known book to many Czech immigrants who came to Iowa in the 1890s.  It is housed at the ZCBJ Lodge Hall & Museum in Clutier, Iowa.

As part of the showcase presentations, an excerpt from each feature book will be read. The audience will enjoy hearing German spoken aloud by Amana Heritage Museum Director Jon Childers as he shares ecstatic speech from the 1719 Wohl und Weh and Czech spoken aloud by Jenda Váňa in a reading of Arabesky from the library at Clutier’s ZCBJ Lodge & Museum. Julie Piper, a 1982 graduate of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, will read aloud from Gospel of Matthew and Mark, a braille version of the bible used in chapel services when Mary Ingalls was a student at the school. Lois Kovar, great niece of Mildred Benson, will share her early edition of The Secret of the Old Clock as well as personal memories of Mildred who practically no one has heard of but whose pen name, Carolyn Keene, is quickly recognized.  The Benjamin Franklin 1734 edition of Constitutions of the Freemasons guided the establishment of Masonic lodges in America.  A children’s story titled Peter and Polly was inspired by Grinnell native Cornelia Clarke’s photographs of her pet cats dressed in clothing.

This event is possible through the efforts of the recently formed Iowa Valley Cultural Council whose volunteer members span a six-county area. The council is interested in sharing the art, history, and culture of its region (Linn, Johnson, Benton, Iowa, Tama, Poweshiek Counties) in new, engaging, and collaborative ways. Events like this book showcase are meant to connect new audiences to vibrant stories. Support is from Iowa Valley RC&D as well as a Partnership Grant from the Iowa Arts Council/Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and a USDA Rural Community Development Initiative grant.

The Rare Book Showcase will be Thursday, August 10, 2017, from 3-5 pm in the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s Whipple Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. Questions about the event can be directed to Iowa Valley RC&D Director Jessica Rilling at 319-622-3264.

Tama County Freedom Rock


See one of Iowa’s many freedom rocks designed and painted by Ray “Bubba” Sorensen in honor of veterans.

East end of Gladbrook, Iowa, on Highway 96
Sponsor: Gladbrook American Legion & Auxiliary

Gladbrook Heritage Museum


Artifacts relating to life in the Gladbrook area in years past.  Many unique items including a very tall chair!

319 -2nd Street
Gladbrook, IA  50635
Open by appointment
Sponsor:  Darrell & Jeanne Paustian



Preserving the cultural heritage of the Meskwaki People by providing information adn promoting education for a deeper understanding of the Meskwaki Tribe, its history, and its culture.

349 Meskwaki Road
Tama, IA  52339
Open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
large groups by appointment



King Tower Cafe

King Tower Cafe

Serving breakfast all day, all-you-can-eat fish on Fridays, daily specials.  In business since 1937.

1701 E. 5th Street
Tama, IA  52339
Facebook “King Tower Cafe”
Mon, Wed, Thur 10am-8pm; closed Tuesday; Fri 10am-9pm; Sat 7am-8pm; Sun 7am-3pm



Tama County Courthouse

Tama County Courthouse

Built in 1866, 95% of the clock tower is original and has been completely restored.  Internal workings of the clock are displayed on the 2nd floor (elevator access).

100 W. High Street
Toledo, IA  52342
Mon-Fri   8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sponsored by State Bank of Toledo, member FDIC

Volunteer Appreciation for Lincoln Highway Bridge Park Association


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The Lincoln Highway Bridge Park Association was organized in 2014 to promote the Lincoln Highway that runs through Tama.  The park area was cleaned up and a friendship garden was created near the memorial.  A fundraiser was begun to do repairs on the bridge itself.  Meet the officers and volunteers of the Lincoln Highway Bridge Park Association and learn about upcoming events on Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 301 S. Broadway, Toledo, Iowa.  Cookies, coffee & juice will be served.  For more information call 515-520-1773.

Clutier Museum & Gift Shop


Preserves the Czech heritage of early settlers as well as the history of the town.  Includes country school and two-cell jail.

227 Main Street
Clutier, IA  52217
Open by appointment

Dysart Historical Center



Historical, Agricultural, & Machine Shed Museums, restored country school, memorial rose garden, & courtyard.  Dedicated to preservation & education.

 612 Crisman Street
Dysart, IA  52224
319-476-5715 or 319-476-7345
Sundays 2-4pm May-Sept
also by appointment