Don McKinney Art Exhibit

The Belle Plaine Historical Society is excited to host the Don McKinney art exhibit on November 26th from 4pm until 8pm.  Don’s pottery was his love and it has not been on display as an exhibit before.  Many thanks to Steve Beck for organizing this.   Don taught in Belle Plaine for over 40 years.  Here is what Steve Beck wrote about him.

“Don “Chuck” McKinney’s career is difficult to label in any traditional sense.  He served as an educator for 5 decades, touching the lives of countless students.  McKinney taught art, computer design, and industrial arts.  He coached wrestling, track, swimming, he even coached rodeo and cheerleading briefly.  His impact in the local community is profound.  We invite you to join us in honoring Don McKinney and his life’s work.

The Art exhibit is titled:  Beauty in the Flaws  Pottery and People: a Don McKinney retrospective.  This will take place at the museum on November 26th from 4pm until 8pm.  So get your shopping done early and come to the museum.  There will be holiday treats and good cheer.

This is an open event and everyone is welcome.  Please share this event and feel free to invite anyone. 

Tractorcade 2017

July 25th, 2017    GOT A TRACTOR?  Come join us for the annual Tractorcade sponsored by the Belle Plaine Historical Society.  This year we are headed to Clutier and lunch at Czech Point restaurant.  It is a beautiful trip.  We go through Elberon,  stop in Vining, and on the way back go through Chelsea.   $30 a tractor and $10 a rider.  Breakfast, lunch and Raffle prizes are included.   Come join us !!


August 11th was a beautiful day to have a Tractorcade.  The weather was in the 70s and there were over 40 tractors that joined us for a beautiful ride.  This year the Iowa Valley Scenic Byway was the Co-Sponsor.  This year’s ride went through Luzerne, Blairstown, Norway and we lunched at the Amana RV Park.  We then continued on our ride through the Amanas to Marengo, past Kostza and back to Belle Plaine. We thank everyone who participated and donated raffle prizes…Thanks to Belle Plaine Carquest,  Phillips Pharmacy and Midwestone Bank, John Deer and Roger Johnson with Voice of Belle Plaine radio.