We Want To Hear From You!

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 t


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 Mo


Deck the Jordan House Halls

We’re looking for individuals, organizations, families or clubs interested in Decking the Halls of the Jordan House Museum for the holidays! Choose a theme and decorate your chosen room between November 15 and December 1. Visitors to the Jordan House will be asked to vote on their favorite room and the winning decorators will receive a prize package from West Des Moines businesses.

All themes & decorations mus


Masks Are Required

Due to an increase in reported COVID-19 cases, the West Des Moines Historical Society is following CDC recommendations and again requiring all visitors, staff & volunteers to wear a mask when visiting the Jordan House & Bennett School Museums.

All visitors must wear a mask over their nose and mouth when on tour. At this time, tours will be lead by a docent, with a limited number of visitors for each tour.


ASL Interpretation Now Available!

Thanks in part to funding from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, ASL (American Sign Language) is available as an option for private tours of the Jordan House and Bennett School museums. Please sche