Join the WDMHS Board!

Help us make history as part of the Board of Directors for the West Des Moines Historical Society!

Applications are now being accepted from those interested in serving on the WDMHS Board. To apply, please contact Executive Director Gale Brubaker at or call 515.225.1286.

The WDMHS Board of Directors comprises leaders from the nonprofit and for-profit s


September is Underground Railroad Month in Iowa

Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a proclamation declaring September 2020 “Underground Railroad Month” in Iowa.

This proclamation recognizes the significant Underground Railroad history in our state, and commemorates the courageous abolitionists, black and white, male and female, as well as the amazing men, women and children who bravely undertook the journey on the UGRR.

The City of West Des Moines will also is


Pathway To History

The West Des Moines Historical Society is building a path from the past to the future, one brick at a time.As we celebrate our 50th Anniv


Tour the Bennett School Museum

Ring the school bell, it’s time for “reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmatic” at the Bennett School Museum!

Tours will be available Saturday, July 11, Friday, August 7 and Saturda


HyVee Reusable Bag Program to Benefit the WDMHS in July

We’re excited to share that every $2.50 red “My Heart” Reusable Bag purchased in July at the HyVee located at
1990 Grand Avenue in West Des Moines will