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Our mailing address is
P.O. Box 105 , Madrid, Ia
Please NOTE the difference with location address

Join us for "COFFEE at the Museum" on Mondays from 9:30AM to Noon!


YouTube Tour

When you visit - Please remember to sign our Guestbook. This is important documentation we use for grant writing.

NEW! Search the Madrid Register-News
Years Available 1907-1995

The Madrid Historical Society, along with the Madrid Public Library, dedicates this digital archive of the Madrid Register-News to Bill and Irene Wilcox. Bill and Irene bought the newspaper and printing business from J.G. Lucas on November 1, 1957. They published a weekly newspaper that included news from the surrounding communities of Luther, Granger, Woodward, Sheldahl and Polk City. In 1977, their son, Dennis Wilcox and wife Carol bought into the business. On May 2nd, 1983, Bill tragically passed away. Irene worked at the newspaper/printing office until her retirement in 1992, and continued to write her weekly column, “Notes from Irene” for many years. In July, 2008, the third generation of the Wilcox family became co-owners when Ken and Jennifer (Wilcox) Williams joined the business. The Williams currently own and operate the printing business, while the newspaper is owned by Mid America Publishing Corp. Irene Wilcox passed away September 8, 2022.

Funding for digitizing the Madrid Register-News came from the Boone County Endowment and memorials for Irene Wilcox, the Madrid Historical Society and the Madrid Public Library.
This link will take you to the Advantage Archives website, a business that specializes in preserving community newspapers. You can search the Madrid Register-News by key word or date, or browse by clicking on the year. This valuable resource will add immeasurably to the historic record of Madrid and the surrounding communities. 

The Madrid Paper news articles that ran during the Bicentennial on Madrid's history are now in bound books and are available for you to read in our Bicentennial section of the museum.


Check out Corydon L Lucas -
Madrid's Early Historian on our "links" page
Thank You to AVINA Films for putting this documentary together.


Ackerlund-Burke Coal Mine
County Reporters Paul Wierson and Susan Franzen ( KHOI - 89.1FM ) visited Madrid Historical Museum for a tour of the Ackerlund-Burke Coal Mine, a replica of a coal mine dug out from the crawl space under the large museum building. We talked with local citizens about their knowledge and memories of the coal town and the coal camps surrounding it, as well as the local economy during the coal mining era.

Guests: Carla Seiler, Kristin Redenius, Earl Check & Merrill Daugherty
Information sources:
Madrid History Museum - (515) 795-3249
Iowa Coal Mining maps

Run your Cursor over the picture to see a "Then & Now" image

Since purchasing the fourth of the series of four buildings on 2nd Street, many people have been at work repairing and upgrading both the interior and exterior of the building. The most visible is probably the new brick front to simulate the original building and the replacement of the shared roof on the third and fourth buildings to the west and the tuck pointing of the 4th building.
A small green space area West of the buildings has been added for the community to enjoy.

Come take your picture in the "OLD" City Jail!

At this point, our cash reserves have been depleted and we need your help to continue to improve the front's of the other museum buildings and our interior display areas. Donations of any amount will be appreciated and will help make a difference! The Museum is a 501(c)3 organization which means that your gift is eligible for a tax deduction.
Send your check today to Madrid Historical Society, Post Office Box 105, Madrid, IA 50156.
If you are interested in being a volunteer, contact any board member. There�s always plenty to do and we would love to have you work with us to maintain and improve our community�s museum!

The museum has a list of names of individuals in our Genealogy File.  
 Some names may have a complete book or as little as a picture or small amount of information.  
 You will need to visit our museum to look at the actual information.   We are located at 109 W Second Street, Madrid, IA.   Our phone number is 515-795-3249.

The Board of Directors Meeting's are on the 3rd Saturday of the month during regular business hours.
January is our Membership Drive to the Madrid Historical Society cost is $10.00 or you are welcome to make a donation (checks can be sent to the address above)

"Preserving Madrid's history for future generations to come! "

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