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.Plan your Visit >
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HISTORY IS EVERYONE'S STORY.
EVERYONE HAS A STORY.
The pioneers who settled Iowa, the freed men and women who traveled across it and the families who now call it home. You’re invited to walk the hallways of the past, see Victorian elegance and hear stories of hardship and bravery as you become part of history.
THE JORDAN HOUSE MUSEUM TOUR TIMES
Weekly Open House tours of the Jordan House Museum offered every Friday and Sunday
West Des Moines Historical Society - Historic Buildings
THE JORDAN HOUSE MUSEUM
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....Read More
THE BENNETT SCHOOL MUSEUM
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...Read More
JORDAN HOUSE AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
The Underground Railroad was a loosely organized system for helping escaped slaves from the southern states reach freedom in the North or Canada in the years before the Civil War.Read More
The Hatfields are part of the Baker McFadden Legacy Circle
Diana and Scott Hatfield have named the West Des Moines Historical Society in their estate plans. It was easy, fast and cements their legacy in West Des Moines. Find out more here.
Iowa Files Topic Update
Due to the presenter’s illness, the scheduled Iowa Files program “Celina Biniaz: Saved by Schindler’s List” has been postponed to Sunday, April 21. Instead educator Kent Halstead will present a look at Manifest Destiny, the Donner Party and more about the westward movement. We hope you’ll join us at 2:30 at the West Des Moines… View Article