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
Tours of the Jordan House Museum are held Friday and Sunday, 11am & 1pm, from February-December. The number of visitors will be limited at this time, and we highly recommend pre-purchasing your ticket.
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
Quilting & the Underground Railroad
The story of quilt patterns being part of the Underground Railroad is controversial, with legitimate arguments on both sides of the issue. Guest blogger Ria Tomar explores the arguments for and against the story. Learn more about quilting and the UGRR in the latest blog post here.
Forever Free Intern Applications Now Available
Calling Central Iowa college students who are studying history and interested in a unique research opportunity. The Forever Free Mentoring Program is now accepting applications for the 2022 program. Successful interns will research and author a site application to add Central Iowa cemetery to the National Park Services’ Network to Freedom, recognizing people who were… View Article