Keokuk Union Depot — Rental and Events

The Depot is a popular venue for public events such as concerts, art festivals, or book signings as well as private events including weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, showers, anniversaries, class reunions, and group or business meetings. Pictured on this page are some of the events the Depot has hosted in recent years.

The building is usable year-round. The waiting room is equipped with heat, air conditioning, and rest rooms. Further improvements are planned as resources become available. Rental receipts help to support the ongoing work of restoring this historic structure and adapting it to better serve the community.

Rent the Depot for your community, group, or family activity! Phone Carla Celania, 319-524-4887, for information
and available dates. Click here to view the Depot Rental Agreement. (PDF file opens in a separate window.)

Recent and Forthcoming Events at the Depot

Forthcoming public events are in bold type. Schedule updated October 8, 2022; some events may be tentative.
Funds raised through events at the Depot support onging efforts to restore and maintain the facility as a community resource.

  • Saturday, July 9, 2022 — Wedding and Reception (Private)
  • Saturday, July 16, 2022 — Family Reunion (Private)
  • Saturday, July 23, 2022 — Family Reunion (Private)
  • Saturday, July 30, 2022 — Birthday Party (Private)
  • Sunday, July 31, 2022 — Bridal Shower (Private)
  • Saturday, August 6, 2022 — Wedding (Private)
  • Saturday, August 13, 2022 — Bridal Shower (Private)
  • Saturday, August 20, 2022 — Wedding and Reception (Private)
  • Friday, August 26, 2022 — Birthday Party (Private)
  • Sunday, August 28, 2022 — Bridal Shower (Private)
  • Saturday, September 3, 2022 — Birthday Party (Private)
  • Saturday, September 17, 2022 — Wedding and Reception (Private)
  • Saturday, October 1, 2022, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m — Free tours of the Depot.
  • Sunday, October 2, 2022, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. — Free tours of the Depot. Talk by Neal Vogel on the Canopy (Train Shed) at 3:00.
  • Friday, October 7, 2022 — Keokuk High School Class of 1962 Reunion (Private)
  • Saturday, October 8, 2022, 7:00 p.m. — Tribute Concert to Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, and Joan Baez by Carol Montag.
  • Saturday, October 22, 2022, 8:00 a.m. - Noon — Depot Pancake and Sausage Breakfast.
  • Sunday, October 23, 2022 — Baby Shower (Private)
  • Saturday, October 29, 2022 — Wedding and Reception (Private)
  • Saturday, November 5, 2022 — Wedding Reception (Private)
  • Saturday, November 12, 2022 — Celebration of Life (Private)
  • Saturday, November 19, 2022 — Birthday Party (Private)
  • Saturday, December 3, 2022 — Wedding Reception (Private)
  • Saturday, December 17, 2022 — Wedding Reception (Private)
  • Monday, December 26, 2022 — Wedding (Private)
  • Saturday, May 20, 2023 — Graduation Party (Private)
  • Saturday, July 29, 2023 — Family Celebration (Private)

Wedding, September 2021
The Depot is a favorite venue for weddings. A happy couple poses
during a September, 2021 ceremony. Photo by Korenda Schrader Bell

Class Reunion, September 2019
Alumni pose at the 35th class reunion of Keokuk High School and
Cardinal Stritch High School, September 2019. Photo by Sue Hamilton

'Keokuk Rocks the Arts,' September 2018
The Depot hosted "Keokuk Rocks the Arts" for the Fine Arts
Council on September 22, 2018. Photo by Sandra Seabold

Baby Shower, October 2019
An array of gifts displayed at a baby shower on September 8, 2018.
Photo by Dave Grogan

Keokuk Arts Festival, June 2017
The Depot hosted the Keokuk Arts Festival in June 2017.
Photo by Richard Leonard

Tile Signing, October 2017
Depot supporters sign tiles to be placed on the restored
roof, October 2017. Photo by Richard Leonard

Wedding Reception Setup, 2013
The Depot waiting room set up for a wedding rehearsal
dinner in July 2014. Photo by Richard Leonard

Toddler Birthday Celebration, December 2019
The waiting room decorated for a toddler birthday celebration
in December 2019. Photo by Alexis Maher

Switchback Concert, December 2016
The popular duo "Switchback" presented a concert of American roots
and celtic soul music at the Depot on December 1, 2017.
Photo by Sandra Seabold

Nalani Proctor Concert, September 2017
Nalani Proctor and her group presented a concert at the
Depot on September 15, 2017. Photo by Sandra Seabold

Anniversary Celebration, September 2015
Attendees enjoy an anniversary celebration at the
Depot in September 2015. Photo by Doug Ewing

Book Signing, February 2015
Author Dean Klinkenberg signs copies of his latest
novel on February 28, 2015. Photo by Richard Leonard

Model Train Layout, 2013
Depot Foundation director Richard Leonard, in conductor's costume,
demonstrates his HO gauge model train to young visitors during the
Keokuk "Power 100" celebration, June 2013. Photo by Sandra Seabold

Rent the Depot for your community, group, or family activity! Phone Carla Celania, 319-524-4887, for information
and available dates. Click here to view the Depot Rental Agreement. (PDF file opens in a separate window.)

Visit the Depot Gift Shoppe!

You can also support the Depot by registering with Amazon Smile. Once you set up "Keokuk Union Depot Foundation"
as recipient of your donations, a percentage of every Amazon purchase benefits the Depot capital campaign. Then
change your Amazon bookmark(s) to go to Amazon Smile and it will appear just like your regular Amazon page.
(Don't forget to do this with every browser you use, such as Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome, Firefox, or Opera.)

Depot Postcard from Early 1900s
This postcard view of the Depot from the early 1900s was printed in Germany. Contributed by Sharon Walden, Salem, Iowa