SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) – “My guests this afternoon on Around Siouxland are Marilyn and Paul Monson from the Newell Historical Society, and you can tell by the way they’re dressed that there is something big and fun coming up,” said Al Joens.
“That’s right we do we’re having our annual open house at the Allee Mansion and it starts on August 3rd from 1-4 and something special this year is that we’re going to be having a cemetery walk from 4-6 at the Newell Cemetery but the open house involves pie and ice cream after the tour and bluegrass music in the back porch out on the lawn we also have a tours inside it’s a Queen Ann Victorian home built in 1891 and it’s completely restored.”
“Give us a little bit of the history of that Paul,” said Joens.
“The Allee Mansion south of Newell. Just south of Newell it was given by George Allee and when he passed away he gave it Iowa State University to be used as a research farm and now it’s used as a demonstration farm.”
“The Allee name is known well around here Allee Gym at Morningside College of course,” Joens said.
“That’s correct George was very generous in his donations not only to the Siouxland area but also to Newell Newell had a lot of donations through the Allee family.”
“And Newell is celebrating a big birthday, as well as, this going on,” said Joens.
“Yes our sesquicentennial 150 years and then it is also pride days which is the 2nd the 3rd and the 4th so it’s all combined together but we would like to invite everyone out to the open house which is on the 3rd from 1-4 and then the cemetery walk is something new but that’s part of celebrating the sesquicentennial.”
“And Paul tell us about some of the great sights that will be highlighted as part of the cemetery walk,” said Joens.
“We have 6 sights that actors are going to be portraying the different people at their graves and we have a lost baby and then we have a Civil War Medal of Honor winner and we have a banker and then of course George Allee so we’ll be telling the stories of those individuals and how they impacted the lives of Northwest Iowa and Newell.”
“A lot going on and a special weekend for Newell Iowa this weekend,” said Joens.