The Art of Mourning: 100 Years of Remembrance 1916 – 2016


This exhibit will be displayed until September 13 after the death of the General’s wife Ruth Anne. Visitors to the General’s home have found the mourning customs interesting and very poignant.

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Our regular hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 1-5pm. The Historic General Dodge House follows the Council Bluffs School District for school closings in the event of bad weather. It is always a good idea to call ahead to make sure we are open.

We do rent the Dodge House on occasion and host several special events throughout the year. During these events, part or all of this historic-house museum may be closed to the public.

2016 Board of Trustees

The Dodge House Board oversees all functions of this house-museum. They set policy and work with city and state entities. The current members on the Board of Trustees are Jack Ruesch, President; Todd Lehan, Vice-President and Treasurer; Amy Recker, Secretary; Brad Arrowsmith, Bill Ballenger, Paulette Brandt, Susan Faust, Chuck Hansen, Marty Moore, Machaela Morrissey, Walter Pyper, Kathy Rieger and Dan VanHouten.

A newly formed Dodge House Foundation allows donors to contribute in new exciting ways. These funds will continue and grow to support our mission. Foundation Board Members are: Ted Hoff, President; Kim McKeown, Vice-President; Matt Gronstal, Treasurer and Margit Paulsen.

The Historic General Dodge House

In the fall of 1961, the home of General Grenville M. Dodge was designated a National Historic Landmark. This special honor was bestowed upon the home of General GM Dodge, not because of the house itself, but rather because of the man who lived in it. To achieve this designation the site must have local, state, and national significance. The General’s home was not only the first national landmark in Council Bluffs, but is the only registered National Historic Landmark in the city. Currently there are 24 National Historic Landmarks in Iowa; the Historic General Dodge House has the distinction of being the second site in the state of Iowa to receive this honor.


The only Registered National Historic Landmark in Council Bluffs

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We ask you to respect the General’s home. Please no photography inside the Historic General Dodge House. Pictures may be taken on the grounds and postcards are available for purchase in our gift shop.

*The Historic General Dodge House is handicap accessible on the main floor. Please call ahead so we can better assist you.