The Historic Pella Trust, established in 1994, is a non-profit 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.

Protect & Promote our Heritage

Our office is located in the oldest building in Pella, Iowa, The Thomas Tuttle Cabin Build in 1843.  We do provide tours of this historic landmark.

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.

Members receive our newsletter “Preserve Pella”.  Our annual meeting is in November, by tradition we honor several Pella homeowners with a  Historic Landmark plaque and award during this meeting.

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In the News and Events

Fund Raising has begun for the

Tuttle Learning Walkway!

We are excited to introduce the Tuttle Learning Walkway in partnership with the City of Pella! The walkway will provide an educational experience using signage, instructional capsules and landscaping to offer historical insights and information regarding Pella’s early history. Historic Pella Trust has committed to raise 100% of the funds needed for the project so that no tax dollars will be involved. The Learning Walk will utilize a vacated city alleyway beside Tuttle Cabin that leads north to Sunken Garden Park.

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5 hours ago

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Holland, winter of 1917; it was this kind of winter day...

Голландия зимой 1917 года. Видео восстановлено в Нидерландском институте кино EYE.
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2 days ago

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52 years ago in 1967, Martin Luther King was in Pella, Iowa to speak to Central College Students! Leading the way to change...Today, Central honors Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service and remembers his inspiring visit to campus in 1967.

Photo courtesy of the Des Moines Register: "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., right, visits at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Arend Lubbers in Pella before addressing an audience of about 1,300 students at Central College. With the civil rights leader, from left, are Iowa Methodist Bishop and Mrs. James Thomas of Des Moines and Central College President and Mrs. Lubbers."
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It seems this little building that was located on the SE corner of Main and Washington in the 1960's was a popular spot! Especially on the nights when the stores stayed open until nine. I think that was Friday night in the 60's. Bill Huyser's family used it to sell ice-cream from Huyser's Cloverleaf Dairy, located on East Washington. The VanGorp family from the hatchery, also used it to sell caramel corn and ice-cream in the 1950's. Later it was used only at Tulip time by different groups such as the Campfire girls selling cotton candy. I don't remember the sign on top but Bruce shared this 2nd photo of it; It was a very cool windmill, possibly including neon lights! I will insert it into the comments below... ... See MoreSee Less

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Winter sounds like it is planning to stay a while... ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

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So proud of PHS for the preservation of the museum and the community for investing in it!Even in snowy weather, work continues on the Van Spanckeren Row House (aka the Boyhood Home of Wyatt Earp). The paint that was put on in the 1960s is now being removed, and the brick is being repaired and the exterior being returned to its original color. The last picture was taken some time after the house was originally built. Kudos to Roster Tuckpointing from Ottumwa for keeping at it. ... See MoreSee Less

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Remember the special events on Franklin Street, when you could ride the elephant, or a camel, or the small merry-go-round of real ponies... I remember riding the elephant, did you? ... See MoreSee Less

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A snowy peaceful day in Pella, Iowa... North side of Garden Square and the Scholte Home ... See MoreSee Less

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The Sjaardema Apartments, once considered a Pella Landmark, were dismantled to make way for the Standard Oil Station on the corner of Washington and West First Streets. Geurt Thomassen had a store in the brick portion in the past. Built close to the sidewalks by Dutch pioneers, many people spoke up for preservation at the time but younger generations wanted a modern feel for the main corridors. The article mentioned that Highway 163 was Pella's front doorstep. The main corridors are still a hot topic today... ... See MoreSee Less

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Season's Greetings from the Historic Pella Trust! Gone but not forgotten: The stately home and office constructed by Dr. Benjamin F. Keables, later home to Dr. W. F. Crew. It was located at 706 Washington Street on the north side of the square. In 1972 it made way for what is now the Wells Fargo Bank's parking lot. Some fascinating backstory: Keables graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School in 1852 and walked to Pella with $35 in his pocket. He set up practice in Pella and waited two months for his first patient. Within three years he had married Pella founder H. P. Scholte's oldest daughter, Sarah J., and later built this majestic home next to Scholte's. Keables went on to serve as a surgeon in the Civil War, state representative for over a decade, nominated for county superintendent of schools and later served Pella as postmaster. How's that for a legacy? -BB ... See MoreSee Less

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Looking back at the "new" 750,000 gallon water tower in June, 1973, soon replaced the 100,000 gallon tower to the right of the photo. ... See MoreSee Less

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Support the Historic Pella Trust

Contributions to the Historic Pella Trust are critical to preserving the rich and storied heritage of Pella and its architecture. To donate, go to the Membership and Donations page. To learn more about the Historic Pella Trust, check out the sections in About Us, or look at some of our current projects under the Current Projects tab!

Contact Information

Historic Pella Trust, Inc.
Phone: 641-628-2935
Tuttle Log House address: 608 Lincoln Street
Mailing address: PO Box 1, Pella, Iowa 50219
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