AREA COMMUNITY NEWS: Van Buren County Museum Crawl Saturday

The Van Buren County Museum Crawl, set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, offers a walk through the past with guided tours and demonstrations of pioneer life.

New this year, the Pearson House Museum Complex in Keosauqua will have a display of vintage aprons which includes over 1,000 aprons of all shapes and sizes. Many will bring back memories of the aprons “just like grandma wore.” Visitors can tour the Pearson Family home, which was a safe house on the Underground Railroad. Tour guides will be dressed in period clothing. Cool drinks of switchel, mint tea and lemonade will be offered.

Morris Park & Pioneer Museum near Stockport will have a unique huckster wagon on display, a rare bustle bench, a clothing display and several free kids activities throughout the day. Visitors can take the mystery tool identification quiz to see if they know the purpose of some of the tools.

Other featured museums in the villages that will be open, with free admission, include:

• Villages of Van Buren Welcome Center in Keosauqua.

• McCoy Historical Museum in Keosauqua.

• Peavine Line Museum and Freedom Rock in Stockport.

• Aunty Green Hotel Museum in Bonaparte.

For information, visit or call 641-431-0581.