EXPERIENCE HISTORY

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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West Des Moines Historical Society is dedicated to the mission of historic preservation and to educate public about our historic sites in Central Iowa.

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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

Tours of the Jordan House Museum are held Friday and Sunday, 11am & 1pm. The number of visitors will be limited at this time, and we highly recommend pre-purchasing your ticket.

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THE JORDAN HOUSE MUSEUM

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....

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THE BENNETT SCHOOL MUSEUM

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...

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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.

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As part of our strategic plan, we are examining programs, education opportunities, member priorities and future resources. We’d greatly appreciate a few minutes of your time to let your opinions be counted! Please click on the link below for a short survey. As a thank you, we will randomly choose one respondent to receive a… View Article

Iowa Files Livestream

You now have multiple ways to learn about Iowa history during the joint WDMHS/West Des Moines Public Library program, The Iowa Files. Thanks to our members, EMC Insurance Foundation, Friends of the West Des Moines Library and the Iowa Arts Council, all Iowa Files programs will be livestreamed on the WDMHS YouTube channel and Facebook… View Article

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