Welcome to the official website of author and historian John Brassard Jr! Here you can find information about John’s work, his blog, and information about the man himself. So please, come in, relax, and take a look around. He’s sure you’ll find something that you like.
Testimonials for “Scott County Cemeteries”
“This was an interesting book and if anyone is interested in Scott County, Iowa history and the people that lived there they will like it.” – Susan Kay Rekkas
“Totally interesting book, being form the area, was especially fascinating…hope more people take time to visit and research these areas.” – Karen Hill
Testimonials for John Brassard Jr’s Presentations
“Thank you for leading our forum this morning. You are a talented story-teller making your presentation educational and entertaining. I hope local teachers and others find out about your presentation and invite you to speak to their groups. I will recommend you when I have the chance.” – Joyce Wiley
You ever seen a building that’s been named after someone? Of course you have. We all have. It could be a business building, or an old house, or even a laundromat. There are all kinds of buildings across the United States that have been named after … Continue reading Iowa Playwright had South Dakota Building Named After Him
The old dirt track was barely recognizable. To someone who had been there in its heyday several years before, there were still some things that might have looked familiar, but probably not much. New buildings were going up, and old buildings being torn down. What was once an aging eyesore on the western edge … Continue reading The Mississippi Valley Fair – 1920’s Scott County Builds Their Dream Venue
The audience was in a great mood. They had just heard some fantastic music, and were ready for more. The management did not disappoint. Billy McKee came out from behind the curtain, his instrument in his hands. Billy played the bones, an instrument that went back into the mists of ancient history. Originally thought to … Continue reading Fiddlers, Dancers, and…Boxers?: The End of an Era in Corning, Iowa
Last week, we learned about how southwest Iowa businessman Frederick Reese pushed to build the Corning Opera House. This week, stop over and see how and what kinds of entertainment he provided to the masses of southwest Iowa!