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

  • Jordan Scholars Visit Bennett School

    The 2016/2017 James C. Jordan Scholars Leadership Institute’s September meeting was held at the Bennett School, the West Des Moines Historical Society’s one-room schoolhouse. 21 Scholars learned about Iowa... 

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  • Purchase your tickets to Women & the Underground Railroad

    We are offering reserved seating for early ticket purchases for “Women and the Underground Railroad,” a fascinating look at the involvement of Iowa women who were an integral part of assisting fugitive slaves... 

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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...