The Dover Museum is handicapped accessible. A ramp leads to the front door and a chair lift and wheel chair are available so that all can visit the second floor.
The Dover Historical Society offers permanent, changing and visiting exhibits which entertain and inform visitors about the early days of the community. A variety of programs are offered for youth and adults. These programs have ranged from Silent Movie technology to Civil War history. Hands On History is offered to the New London school students. Clark Elementary classes have the opportunity to use antique tools to accomplish every day tasks. Middle school students study archaeology. Our military section offers high school history classes an opportunity to experience war from the Veteran’s point of view.
The first floor of the museum has many sections. As you walk in the front door there are exhibits on New London mail history, fire department and our welcoming desk. To the right is the Brick Room which contains our genealogy library and works of local artists. Our library offers obituaries, local family histories, Henry County vital records, New London High School annuals, Iowa history books, family histories and other resource material. Passing by the welcome desk, an informative display about the plank road which once ran from Burlington to Mount Pleasant appears. In the main display room discover agricultural and dairy exhibits. White House Creamery memorabilia, an antique toys case. A 1930-40s house and blacksmith area round out the main room.
The second floor was constructed as the Masonic Temple. Many of the other displays are of former businesses. There is also a one-room school where information about the county schools that became part of the New London School District can be found. New London graduation and sports memories can be found there as well. Our veterans’ display shows how dedicated New London residents have been in defending our country in every war beginning with the Civil War. One of the early settlers was descended from a Revolutionary War veteran and 11 of her descendants participated in forming the Mount Pleasant Chapter of the DAR. Additionally a display of common rocks and minerals features the Geode that was used in the Dedication of Geode State Park. New London is also known