New! Videos for Educators

Thanks to funding from the State Historical Society of Iowa, Inc. and the talents of Conjunction Media, the West Des Moines Historical Society has 6 informative videos and supporting curriculum which can be utilized by educators, free of charge! These videos introduce concepts and hist


Upcoming Holiday Closures

The West Des Moines Historical Society will be closed Thursday, December 25, Friday, December 25, Thursday, January 31 and Friday, January 1. We wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season!


Merry Mixing! Virtual Cocktail Hour

Merry Mixing Virtual Cocktail HourYou’re invited to our virtual cocktail hour! Sunday, December 27 livestream with The Republic on Grand mixologist Nick Agness as he talks about the history of


Forever Free Pilot Mentoring Program

The West Des Moines Historical Society is accepting applications for high level high school Juniors or Seniors and college student interns to participate in a new project, “Forever Free Pilot Mentoring Program.” This project is funded through a rant from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and presented in partnership with National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

The objecti


Family Photos at the Jordan House Museum

New this year- bring the family to the Jordan House Museum and take a fun photo with our antique sleigh on the decorated porch of the Jordan House!

There are multiple half hour openings available Saturday, December 5 and Monday, December 7. Each opening is only $20, and you’ll have the opportunity to bring your own props, and we’ll have some available as well.

Call 225-1286 to reserve your photo session, or res