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The Appanoose County Historical & Coal Mining Museum is owned and operated by the Appanoose County Historical Society in Centerville, Iowa. The main museum is located in the former Centerville, Iowa post office, a beautiful architectural gem built in 1903 that is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Historical Society also owns the old Appanoose County Jail & Sheriff's Residence, which is currently under renovation. 

The Historical Society is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit.

Lisa Eddy


Lisa has been the curator of the museum since 2006. A lifelong resident of Centerville,  She was a computer technician for many years, but has turned her attention to sharing the stories of Appanoose County's past with the community and visitors to the museum. 

Susan McDanel


Susan has spent her whole career as an educator in the Centerville School System. She and her husband Jody operate a farm north of Centerville, where they raised two wonderful daughters. Susan is a tireless volunteer and busy grandmother.

Tyler Morgan



Tyler is a long-time member of the board of the Historical Society and is also active with the Appanoose County Genealogical Society and the Pioneer Cemeteries group. He is the band director at Centerville High School and the author of The History of Bands in Appanoose County.

Margy McCarthy


Margy has returned to Centerville after spending her career as an educator in Yuma, Arizona. She is active in her church and numerous other organizations here in Centerville. She and her husband Mike have two grown children.

Kae Morgan


Kae is life-long Centerville resident who does a tremendous job as the secretary of the historical society. She, too, is a wonderful volunteer for her church, the Centerville Band program and many other events in the community.


Gary Craver

Gary Cridlebaugh
Kathy Cridlebaugh

Merry Dudley

George Eddy

Brent Jackson

Scott Jackson

Rodger Kaster

David Kauzlarich

Cathy Knorr

Margy McCarthy

Dr. Brad McConville

Susan McDanel

Kae Morgan

Steve Morgan

Tyler Morgan

Dana Moritz

Scott Palmer

Randy Walker

Dave Walljasper

Dan Wilson

Judy Lamb - Honorary Board       Member

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