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. 

Tyler Morgan


Though Tyler is the youngest member of the board of the historical society, he is one of the busiest. Tyler is the band director at Lakeview Elementary, he spends much of his time working on his genealogy and is another tireless community volunteer.

Dave Walljasper


Dave has spent his career in Appanoose County as a fisheries biologist at the Rathbun Fish Hatchery. He followed in his father-in-law Harold Heckman's footsteps into the board of the Appanoose County Historical Society and also spends time helping out with Centerville's Historic Preservation Corporation.

Kae Morgan


Kae is another 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 Cridlebaugh



Gary is one of Centerville's esteemed Citizens of the Year! He is a tireless volunteer for the Historical Society as well as many other organizations in the community.  He is a retired postal worker who likes to let visitors know that he actually worked in the building when it was a post office!


Gary Craver
Kathy Cridlebaugh

Jon Dorman

Judy Dorman

George Eddy

Rodger Kaster

David Kauzlarich

Cathy Knorr

Judy Lamb

Ben Lange

Dr. Brad McConville

Susan McDanel

Steve Morgan

Dana Moritz

Scott Palmer

Debbie Robinson

Dan Wilson