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Ackerlund-Burke Coal Mine
County Reporters Paul Wierson and Susan Franzen ( KHOI - 89.1FM ) visited Madrid Historical Museum for a tour of the Ackerlund-Burke Coal Mine, a replica of a coal mine dug out from the crawl space under the large museum building. We talked with local citizens about their knowledge and memories of the coal town and the coal camps surrounding it, as well as the local economy during the coal mining era.

Guests: Carla Seiler, Kristin Redenius, Earl Check & Merrill Daugherty
Information sources:
Madrid History Museum - (515) 795-3249
Iowa Coal Mining maps

fire station/city hall
If you’ve been up town in the past few months, you may have noticed the increase in activity around the Madrid Historical Museum. Since purchasing the fourth of the series of four buildings on 2nd Street, many people have been at work repairing and upgrading both the interior and exterior of the building. The most visible was probably the replacement of the shared roof on the third and fourth buildings to the west and the tuck pointing of the 4th building.
Eventually it is hoped that area West of the buildings can contain a small green space for the community to enjoy.

At this point, our cash reserves have been depleted and we need your help to continue to improve the Museum and our downtown. Donations of any amount will be appreciated and will help make a difference! The Museum is a 501(c)3 organization which means that your gift is eligible for a tax deduction.
Send your check today to Madrid Historical Society, Post Office Box 105, Madrid, IA 50156.
If you are interested in being a volunteer, contact any board member. There’s always plenty to do and we would love to have you work with us to maintain and improve our community’s museum!

The museum has a list of names of individuals in our Genealogy File.  
 Some names may have a complete book or as little as a picture or small amount of information.  
 You will need to visit our museum to look at the actual information.   We are located at 109 W Second Street, Madrid, IA.   Our phone number is 515-795-3249.   We are open every Saturday from  10 am to noon or we can arrange to be open at a time that is more convenient for you.

The Board of Directors Meeting's are on the 3rd Saturday of the month during regular business hours.
January is our Membership Drive to the Madrid Historical Society cost is $10.00 or you are welcome to make a donation (checks can be sent to the address above)

"Preserving Madrid's history for future generations to come! "
 

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