The Jordan House
The Jordan House
The Jordan House
The Jordan House

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Experience The Jordan House, a stately Victorian home of Italianate Gothic design and Bennett School, one of the last one-room schoolhouses built in Iowa.

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RECENT NEWS

  • Winners of Jordan Scholars prize announced

    16 central Iowa high school juniors participated in the first James Jordan Scholars Leadership Institute in 2015/2016. During the graduation celebration Wednesday, May 18, 4 outstanding Scholars were awarded a cash prize... 

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  • New Weekend Tours Announced

    The West Des Moines Historical Society is adding weekend guided tours for the summer! June 4 through September 4, visitors may come to a one-hour, guided tour at the historic Jordan House on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.... 

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UPCOMING EVENTS


WEST DES MOINES HISTORICAL SOCIETY - HISTORIC BUILDINGS


The Jordan House
The Jordan House

The Jordan House, a stately Victorian home of Italianate Gothic design, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.... 

The Bennett School
The Bennett School

Built in 1926 or ’27 the Bennett School was one of the last one room schools to be built in West Des Moines and was in use until at least 1941. It was originally located on an acre of ground donated...