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

  • The Iowa Files

    The Iowa Files, an educational history lecture series, returns in 2019/2020. Free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of West Des Moines Historical Society members, the Iowa Arts Council and the Friends Foundation... 

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  • Historical Holiday Hosts

    Do you love to decorate for the holidays? Looking for a new way to share your ideas & holiday spirit? Then ho-ho-head over to the Jordan House Museum or Bennett School Museum for our first ever Historical Holiday... 

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UPCOMING EVENTS


WEST DES MOINES HISTORICAL SOCIETY - HISTORIC BUILDINGS


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.... 

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... 



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.

To learn more about the Underground Railroad, click here.