Click on one of the stories below to start exploring Muscatine County's history through some of the influential people who have impacted us!
Claude Maxwell "Max" Stanley (1904-1984)
Max was a global citizen living in a local setting. His lasting legacy still shapes the work of the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. His life demonstrates the importance of various opinions sitting at the same table to discuss - even in rural communities like ours.
Ora Pearl McGill (1894-1924)
Ora Pearl McGill came to Muscatine when she was fifteen to work in a button factory, later traveling the country to speak on behalf of factory workers, meeting Helen Keller, and becoming the principal of an Iowa school, before being murdered in 1924.
Willetta Strahan (1883-1974)
Willetta Strahan, who came to Muscatine in 1929 to become the first dean of the new junior college, had a passion for learning. In 1963 when the college finally got its own building, it was named for her.