A portion of this information was taken from the History of Lucas County Book -1978.
Records indicate the first Lucas County Historical Society was organized on June 10, 1901. This was the first county historical society organized in the State of Iowa. Officers at that time were Warren Dungan, President; Thomas V. Gay, Vice-President; Miss Effie M. Dungan Brown, Secretary; B.F. Bates, Treasurer; and Miss Margaret Brown, Curator. Directors were Smith H. Mallory; R.A. Hasselquist; Mrs. F.H. Boynton; and Mrs. B.R. Van Dyke.
At this time all records from the "Old Settlers Association: organized September 7, 1895 and the "Veterans Association" were donated to the first Lucas County Historical Society and protected for many years by the Chariton Library. In 1974, said papers were donated for further protection and care to the present society.