In 1912, a two story schoolhouse was erected on the school grounds with a high school upstairs and a grade school downstairs.
In 1919, parents in the Grand Meadow Township voted to consolidate the smaller 9 one-room schoolhouses in one school. The cornerstone was laid in 1920 for the large three story brick schoolhouse. The old two story schoolhouse was moved to the Southeast corner of the grounds to be used as a teachers’ residence. By the 1940’s, the school consisted of: the large brick schoolhouse, the teacherage, two homes, a temporary trailer home, a manual training building, and a music building (both quanset huts currently on location). A spacious playground, lunchroom and kitchen had been incorporated.
In 1959, the school reorganized in Marcus. The last students graduated from the Grand Meadow school in 1961. The last pupils attended the school until 1973, when the school officially closed its doors.
-What We’re Doing Today-
We host annual events throughout the year that include:
Taste of Grand Meadow- Where beer,wine, and distilled spirits vendors come together to offer their drink selections for sampling and purchase. This event also offers local vendors and crafters to show their products and services!
The Annual Heritage Festival- our biggest event of the year, is held the first weekend after Labor Day. This festival not only opens up all the buildings on grand meadow but also puts on historically accurate demonstrations, products, and entertainment!
Halloween Haunted House- this happens every October, the public joins us for a scare within the two-room school house and basement of the brick schoolhouse! Open the three weekends before Halloween, there are activities for all ages!
-How can you help?-
The Grand Meadow Heritage Center is a non-profit organization. The Heritage Center is maintained through yearly activities and fundraisers, as well as donations from the public. Through your generous support, the Grand Meadow Heritage Center will continue to entertain and educate the generations to come!
During the begining of the Covid-19 Crisis, we decided to do a series of virtual tours of the School/ Musuem and attractions on the Grand Meadow Heritage Center Property. They will all be uploaded to the Virtual Tours page here on the website later next month . You can find them all currently on our Facebook page. Please enjoy.
I love the video tours you are doing! I think my dad (Russ) would have loved to be a part of this. They make me smile! Keep up the great work!
- Julie B
Thank you for the shelter that you provided for our flags, it was greatly appreciated by Quimby American Legion Post and Auxiliary. We had a great time -hope to see you next year!
- Shirley P.
We had a GRAND time playing for the crowd at Grand Meadow Heritage Center. The grounds are wonderful and the food is fantastic.
- Dawn N.
Thanks for all the support at Grand Meadow Heritage Center today! It’s was an awesome day
- Farm Forager
Grand Meadow Presents Disney's Haunted Mansion
Join Grand Meadow Heritage Center this October 15th, 2022 at our Beverly Hiller Memorial Theatre as we present Disney's The Haunted Mansion! This fun family movie features a family of realtors trapped in a mansion with 999 ghosts! Gates open at 7 PM with the film starting at 8 PM. A $5 donation per person is suggested for admission. Concessions are available! Go to the GMHC barn to find: Taverns, Hotdogs, Chips, Drinks, Candy, and our famous Popcorn!
Sept 10th - 11TH
Grand Meadow Heritage Center Presents the 46th Heritage Days Festival
SEP 10 AT 8 AM – SEP 11 AT 4 PM
Saturday: Open 8:00AM-5:00PM
9:00- Vendors Open, Petting Zoo, & Flag Raising
10:00- Parade Begins
11:00- Alumni Recognition
11:30- JK Country Performs
1:00-Antique Tractor Pull
1:00- Special K'z Balloons .....
Booking Vendors Now
46th Heritage Days Festival and Quilt Show Sponsors
Sept 11th 2022
Dale Nafe Memorial Car Show
Sept 10th - 11th 2022
Second Annual Heritage Quilt Show
All Quilts Welcome!
Register Your Quilts for $5/Quilt
How To Register:
Call Bethany @ 712-229-6037
Message Grand Meadow Heritage Center on Facebook
Stop and pick up a registration form at a supporting quilt shop
MAY 14 TH -MAY 15TH
Taste of Grand Meadow Beer, Wine, & Distilled Spirits
Grand Meadow Membership!