A busy holiday season

HSMC to host Binford House dinner and Mowry Irvine Mansion tours

The annual Binford House Holiday Dinner will take place at the residence on Tuesday, Dec. 19 and Thursday, Dec. 21, with social hour starting at 5:30 p.m., and dinner following at 6 p.m. Reservations are required.

The Historical Society of Marshall County is busy preparing for not just its annual Binford House Holiday Dinner fundraiser, but for public tours of its newly acquired property, the Mowry Irvine Mansion.

“It’s the first time we’re opening the mansion to the public,” said HSMC Administrator, Michelle Roseburrough.

The Binford House dinner, which in years past had been a one-night-only affair, will now be held for two evenings.

“We’re holding it on Tuesday, Dec. 19 and Thursdays, Dec. 21, because it was always sold out for the one night, so we thought offering another opportunity to come to the dinner was a good idea,” Roseburrough added.

Social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., with a catered dinner to follow at 6 p.m.

As is tradition, the Marshalltown Men’s Chorus Quartet will perform.

“They are preparing a new program for us, and we’re excited to see it,” Roseburrough said.

Reservations are required by calling: 641-753-5450. The cost is $35 per person. Seating is limited. The Binford House is located at 110 N. 2nd Ave. The house was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, and is the home of the Marshalltown Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Earlier this year, the HSMC was gifted the Mowry Irvine Mansion, located at 503 W. Main St., by Madelyn and Steve Irvine.

“Visitors can tour this historic home for the first time, decked out for the holidays,” Roseburrough said. “This iconic building on the original Lincoln Highway is the future home of the Historical Society office, and the Frances Rhoades Williams Library. Funds raised will go toward moving the office and library from our current museum location over to the mansion.”

Tours will run Friday, Dec. 29 from 4-9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 31 from 12-4 p.m. Admission is $5 for HSMC members, and $10 for non-members.

Items on display include local artwork, artifacts from the Lounsberry, Mowry and Irvine families (as well as from other prominent citizens of Marshall County), and various pieces from Iowa governors’ mansions.

For general questions, contact the HSMC at: 641-752-6664.

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Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or