Fall 2015 Update
The City has hired Jerry Purdy with Design Alliance to be the architect for the Kinnick Addition project.
The museum addition's updated cost estimate is approximately $150,000. The addition's estimate has increased from the initial estimate due to the length of time since the first estimate. In addition, building labor and materials have increased over the past few years.
Thank you for your continued support!
Please visit the Kinnick Addition's GoFundMe page to donate today! You may also donate at Adel City Hall.
Let's honor standout citizen and famed football player Nile Kinnick, Jr., along with his grandfather former Iowa Governor George W. Clarke by building an addition to the Adel Historic Museum to house items commemorating their many accomplishments to this City, the State of Iowa, and our country.
The Kinnick-Clarke collection is currently crowded into a small display in the museum; it needs its own prominent space! The new addition will be 840 square feet and will include a new display and 12' ceilings.
For more information, click on the appropriate link below. You may also call Jan Price, the museum's director, at 993-1032. Feel free to stop by Adel City Hall too!
Updated Fundraising Goal: $150,000
The updated fundraising goal is $150,000. As of 11/01/15, the museum has raised over $87,000. We are on a great path to reaching our goal, but the Adel Historical Museum needs your help and generous support. Please consider donating today by contacting Adel City Hall.
Larger donations will be recognized in perpetuity at the new addition.
Buy Your Kinnick T-Shirt At Adel City Hall Today!
The Adel Historical Museum needs everyone on the field to raise $150,000 for its new addition. What better way to show your support than by purchasing a one-of-a-kind Nile Kinnick T-shirt?
These $25.00 Gildan shirts are 100% cotton and you can choose between cream or gold colors. We have a variety of sizes, including youth sizes in small and medium. 100% of the proceeds go toward the building addition campaign.
Stop by City Hall to purchase your shirt or contact Adel City Hall for details. Do you have what it takes to help march the museum down the field to victory?
Heisman Trophy Event - Saturday, June 14, 2014
The City of Adel and the Adel Historical Museum held a special viewing of Nile Kinnick, Jr.'s 1939 Heisman Trophy on Saturday, June 14, 2014, from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Adel Public Library. Special guest Herky the Hawk was also on hand to interact and take photos with attendees.
The event raised over $5,000 for the Kinnick Addition! Thank you to all those who attended and had the chance to be a part of this once-in-a-generation opportunity.
This special event would not have been possible without the contributions of time, resources, and the temporary loaning of the cherished Heisman Trophy from the University of Iowa and the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame and Museum. As the Kinnick's Heisman Trophy won't be traveling any time in the future, we encourage you to visit Iowa City and see his trophy at the Athletics Hall of Fame and Museum if you missed this special event.
We would also like to thank the generous donations of Adel's Fareway Store and Lincoln Savings Bank. A special thank you to Dallas Clark for providing the autographed sports memorabilia for the drawing.
Please click here to read all the details about this special event!
Nile Kinnick, Jr. - Iowa's Favorite Son
Nile Kinnick, Jr. was born July 9, 1918, in Adel, Iowa. He is the grandson of Governor George Washington Clarke. Kinnick achieved success throughout his life, becoming a hero of Iowa. As halfback for the University of Iowa, he gained the nickname "Cornbelt Comet," going on to win the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, and the Walter Camp Award in 1939. While he was drafted into the NFL in 1940, he decided to pursue a law degree instead. In 1941, he joined the Naval Air Corps Reserve to help fight in World War II. Tragically, Kinnick died in a plane crash off the coast of Venezuela on June 2, 1943. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951, and the Hawkeyes named their football stadium after him in 1974.
It's time to honor one of the greatest scholars and athletes of the 20th century. Nile Kinnick, Jr. was a hero and role model, both on and off the field, whose story continues to inspire today. Please help preserve his legacy for generations to come by supporting the new addition. Please contact Adel City Hall for details about making a donation.
Governor George W. Clarke - Iowa's 21st Governor
Governor George Washington Clarke was born October 24, 1852 in Shelby County, Indiana. Upon graduating law school from the University of Iowa in 1877, Clarke moved to Adel, Iowa to start his legal career. In 1900, Clarke began his journey in politics by serving in the Iowa House of Representatives for eight years. Clarke became Iowa's Lieutenant Governor in 1909. Four years later, Clarke was elected governor, going on to serve two terms. While in office, the governor championed workmen's compensation, restructured election procedures, and pushed for a state highway commission. Once out of office, Clarke served as dean for Drake University Law School from 1917 to 1918. Gov. Clarke died November 28, 1936, and is buried in Adel.
It's time to honor one of Iowa's greatest governors. Governor Clarke was an honorary member of the Adel Rotary Club. His lasting impact on the City of Adel, including his grandson Nile Kinnick, Jr., can still be felt today. Please help preserve his legacy by supporting the new addition. Please contact Adel City Hall for details about making a donation.
12/12/13 Public Informational Meeting
The Adel Historical Museum held a public informational meeting on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. at the Raccoon Valley Community House to discuss the museum's fundraising drive and goal of a new addition to honor the legacy of Nile Kinnick, Jr. and Governor George Washington Clarke.
The museum raised $2,180 at the event. Thank you to all those who attended and made donations! We appreciate your generous support and for taking time out of your busy schedules to attend!