WELCOME TO THE
ROLAND MUSEUM

 

EXHIBITS

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One Room Schoolhouse

One-room schoolhouses were common in rural America during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Typically, a single teacher would teach all subjects to students in 1st-8th grade. The land for this schoolhouse was purchased by Howard Township School District #3, for $25, in 1875. In 1978, the schoolhouse was donated to the Roland Historical Society for a historical museum. On January 3, 1981, the schoolhouse was moved to its present site in Roland.

REO Fire Truck

In the late 1920s, the Roland Town Council and Fire Dept began researching the latest in fire fighting equipment. A couple of business fires and numerous farm fires necessitated the need to modernize. Their efforts resulted in this REO/Luverne Fire Apparatus truck being delivered to Roland in the summer of 1929.

  

   

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Jailhouse

This jail was housed in the first Roland town hall, which was a federal public works project, and completed in April 1935. Also included in the town hall was a water filtration plant, fire station, jail, council chamber, and clerk's office. The first wooden jail was built about 1901. The building was sold to Abel J. Helvig and moved to his farm in December 1931.

Early Farm Tools

Life on the farm for our earliest settlers was hard work. Breaking the tough prairie sod and preparing it for planting crops was a huge task, considering the  tools they had to work with. Come to the Roland museum and check out some of the early farming tools!

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Roland Sports

Sports has been a valuable part of Roland's history. Baseball, softball and basketball were the primary sports played in small towns across the state. Roland is proud of its success in all three. Visit our museum to view all the trophies, memorabilia and pictures.

 

Sunday, October 6
4-6 pm

Grilling at the Roland Museum

Come out and enjoy horse drawn wagon rides, scavenger hunt, storytelling about pioneer life and antique tractors on display.  


Join us for pork burgers, brats, hot dogs, chips, cookies and beverages. 

Free will offering will be used to restore the farm implements at museum. 

 

HOURS

Memorial Day thru Labor Day
Sundays: 1-4 pm
*or by appointment

 

CONTACT US!

Have a question? Want to set up a tour? Maybe you'd like to volunteer or donate? Send us an email, we'd love to hear from you!

 

Roland, IA 50236, USA

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