If you were lucky enough to have joined us last year then you know what lies ahead for you. If not, you are in for a night of MEMORIES, including food and flashbacks to another time. 

This year we are also excited to include a tour of the completely restored Strawtown Store led by our own Pella Preservation Trust Treasurer, Matt McCullam. 

We look forward to welcoming you to an evening at Strawtown and the making of new memories.

A festive night reliving the past through food & fellowship!

Historic Pella Trust is in the process of changing their name to Pella Preservation Trust! We are still the same organization that began 28 years ago but we decided to make this change to avoid confusion with other local historic organizations.

The Pella Preservation Trust, established in 1994, is a non-profit 501 c-3 preservation group who helps to preserve Pella’s architectural resources so that future generations will continue to be enriched by the historic legacy of Pella’s Dutch heritage and culture. We serve in a counseling and advisory capacity regarding historically correct architecture and disseminate information regarding restoration and reconstruction of facilities.

Our Mission Statement is to protect and promote buildings, landscapes, and sites important to the heritage of Pella, Iowa.

Our office is located in the oldest building in Pella, Iowa, The Thomas Tuttle Cabin was built in 1843. It is the homestead that included the center of town and was purchased by the Dutch leader, H.P. Scholte.  Tours can be arranged by email.  On the North side of Tuttle Cabin you will find Tuttle Learning Walk that leads to Sunken Garden Park. 

The Trust interacts to rescue historically significant property in danger of demolition. Restoration of these properties and protection covenants are arranged by our organization.  We take an active approach towards historic preservation advocacy working with local, state and national government agencies to document and preserve.

Protect & Promote our Heritage

Historic Pella Trust celebrates it's name change to Pella Preservation Trust on September 20, 2022

Contact Information

Pella Preservation Trust/Historic Pella Trust, Inc.

Phone : 641.780.1862

Email: [email protected]

Tuttle Log House address: 608 Lincoln Street

Mailing address: PO Box 1, Pella, Iowa 50219

Planning a visit? Please Email Historic Pella Trust  

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Read blog about our concerns for Pella’s Historic Community Center by clicking on this link. 

Thank you for helping to build Tuttle Learning Walkway!

We are excited to introduce the Tuttle Learning Walkway in partnership with the City of Pella!

This educational walkway is located between Tuttle Cabin and Sunken Garden Park. It creates an entertaining way for our children, adults and visitors to learn about Pella’s history and heritage through signage and plantings.
The educational signs along the path will create a lasting tribute to the devoutness; courage and industriousness of our Dutch ancestors. 

  Historic Pella Trust  provided 100% of the cost to build the Tuttle Learning Walk. 

Tuttle Learning Walk Dedication and Gifting to the City of Pella, September 25, 221

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