Historic Preservation Commission


The Winneshiek County Historic Preservation Commission (WCHPC) was formed in August 1985 when the County passed a historic preservation resolution to become one of the earliest historic preservation commissions in Iowa.  A state where there are now more than 90 (city and county).  The broad purpose of these commissions is to develop a variety of programs to identify, recognize and attempt to preserve, record, and research buildings, archeological sites and districts that have demonstrated historic importance on local, state, and national levels.  A variety of approaches including public presentations and education are available to undertake these tasks.

Programs of this nature are developed and administered by an unpaid, volunteer, citizen commission appointed in this case by the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors. Nine members comprise the WCHPC.  The main office is located in the historic Old Winneshiek County Jail on the Winneshiek County Courthouse campus.

The WCHPC usually meets the second Saturday of the month 10 months out of the year at 8:30 a.m. in the recently remodeled County Annex or the Old Winneshiek County Jail. This date and time may change, and the Commission traditionally does not meet in July or December.

Registration, schedule, and membership information can be found in the links below:

Dam Gate Project:

Historic Mills and Water-powered Sites of Winneshiek County Recorded Presentation

Mill Reconnaissance Survey Report

More Information about Winneshiek County Historic Preservation Commission.


Ft. Atkinson Program 2020

Winneshiek County Historic

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