Applications for Jordan Scholars Now Open

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024/25 class of the Jordan Scholars Leadership Institute. The Scholars program is open to area high school Juniors who will have the unique opportunity to study leadership and what it means from local experts in the areas of banking, education, philanthropy, civil rights and agriculture- all areas in which James Jordan excelled.

Early admittance applications are due Jul


Mixed Pickles; The Art of Victorian Photocollage

The West Des Moines Historical Society and Olson-Larsen Galleries have teamed up again!

In the parlors and drawing rooms of grand homes, and amidst the flickering glow of gas lamps, Victorian women composed visual symphonies showcasing family in whimsical and fantastic settings. Thus, the exquisite art of Victorian photo collaging was born.
Participants in the Mixed Pickles activity will have the opportunity to l


Welcome Kylee Malik

The West Des Moines Historical Society is THRILLED to welcome Kylee Malik to the team! Kylee will be helping staff and board explore and develop new opportunities for individuals and companies to support


We’re Hiring!


Membership and Development Coordinator

The West Des Moines Historical Society seeks a talented and motivated individual to join our team as a part-time Membership and Development Coordinator.  In this role you will be working to secure new members and fostering long-term relationships to secure donations and sponsorships in suppo


History & Heritage at Legacy Woods

Monday, March 4 the West Des Moines City Council voted to approve the name “Legacy Woods” for the nearly 30 acres of land next to the Jordan House Museum. This land, previously part of a church camp, will become a place where nature and history will combine to educate, invigorate and inspire.

The West Des Moines Historical Society is partnering with the City and donors to create this unique space, with one goal be