For instance, I can travel about 30 miles north and run into the Toolesboro Mounds, a national historic landmark. They are a group of Indian burial grounds built by the Havana Hopewell culture sometime between 200 BCE and 100 CE.
If I travel about 15 miles east, I'll come across Norma Jean's tombstone. Norma Jean was a circus elephant that was struck by lightening in 1972. A 12-foot monument has been erected on the spot where she died.
A few miles south is a marker that indicates the beginning of the Mormon Trail in 1847. A few miles further south is another plaque to show where the first Jewish Synagogue was located in Iowa. Between the two is Galland School, a replica of the first one-room school house in Iowa.
So take a little trip. I'm guessing you won't have to travel too far before you learn a little history.