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Help us preserve a living history

The Ira & Asenath Sturdevant House: A Living History Project began in 2009 with the purchase of the Ira & Asenath Sturdevant House at a sheriff’s sale. The project’s goal is to restore the oldest house in Waverly to create a living history site illustrating the lives of 1850s Cedar River settlers and their Native American neighbors.

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We need your help to make this project a success. Whether you can donate time, tools, materials, or funding, each of you can play a role in preserving this pioneer settler’s home in Waverly.

Annual levels of affiliation:

  • $10 Individual

  • $20 Family

  • $30 Brick

  • $100 Mortar

  • $150 Fireside


Friends will be listed and honored on our website and in literature with additional benefits forthcoming as we grow.

Amazon users can shop through Amazon Smiles and select Ira Sturdevant House (Colorado Springs, CO)  for a portion of your order to support our cause.

Make checks payable to: Ira Sturdevant House (ISH)

Mail to:
Ira Sturdevant House
P.O. Box 171

Waverly, IA 50677

Kathy Sturdevant

The Ira & Asenath Sturdevant House is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization incorporated with the State of Iowa.

All donations are tax deductible

Rick Sturdevant and Preservation Iowa’s Rod Scott with square nail donation.

“We need to preserve buildings that speak directly to those of us whose families had calluses, as well as to those who had carriages. It’s a fine thing to exhibit the aesthetic best out of the past, but it can be equally important to interpret the ways men and women worked and created and played. … Let’s speak to Americans in terms that add meaning to their own everyday lives, that place their jobs, their responsibilities as citizens and parents, in historic context so that they see their present problems, not as exceptions, but as continuations of the challenges faced by their forefathers.”

Louis C. Jones in Three Eyes on the Past: Exploring New York Folk Life (Syracuse University Press, 1982), 13.

[Louis C. Jones was Director, New York State Historical Association, the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, a co-founder of the New York Folklore Society.]

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