history & heritage Friends of the NAS Ottumwa Building #36 14550 Terminal Ave. Ottumwa, Iowa 52501 www.nasottumwa.org NASOttumwa@gmail.com This nonprofit organization has a vision to create at museum that will preserve the history of NAS Ottumwa NAVAL AIR STATION and honor the hard work and sacrifices of those who were stationed there. The msueum will serve to educate future generations about the contributions made at NAS Ottumwa in training naval avaiators; from March 1943 through the end of World War II, the station graduated more than 4,600 Navy pilots. Many of those trained at Ottumwa went on to serve during Korea and Vietnam as well as the pioneering years of the U.S. Space program; Former President Richard Nixon served at the base. Restoration of the base headquarters is currently underway as part of the museum effort. Blakesburg Community Museum 205 N. Main P.O. Box 183 Blakesburg, Iowa 52536 www.blakesburghps.org The Blakesburg Community Museum is operated by the Blakesburg Historical Preservation Society, which is dedicat- ed to the preservation of the history of Blakesburg. Volunteers began efforts to preserve Blakesburg’s history in the 1990s, and the Historical Preservation Society was incorporated in 2011. The organization opened the museum in Blakesburg’s original post office. Hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to noon MARS HILL CHURCH Come explore Wapello County’s rich and diverse historical past today. Mars Hill Church 1011 100th Ave. Bloomfield, Iowa 52537 HISTORIC RAILROAD CLUBHOUSE RENTAL VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR RESERVATION DETAILS Open Wed. - Sat. 12-4 • 210 W. Main Street, Ottumwa wapellocountymuseum.com 24 The Source. 2019 This historic church was built by settlers in the 1850s and is the oldest log church west of the Mississippi River “still in use.” Local tradition claims the church was utilized as a hiding space on the Underground Railroad. An annual potluck dinner is held at 1 p.m. the second Sunday in June with a 2 p.m. service following to maintain this distinction. Mars Hill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The church was hit by an act of arson in 2007, but many of the original logs and structures were saved and the church was rebuilt. A cemetery is located on the grounds as well.