Saved by Schindler’s List

Celina Karp Biniaz is one of the last living survivors from Schindler’s List—and the only one who graduated from North High School and Grinnell College in Iowa.

Sandi Yoder, Director of the Iowa Jewish Historical Society, will share Celina’s personal story, which included nearly five years in the Krakow ghetto and the Plaszow labor camp, the transfer to Auschwitz, and her terrifying encounter with Dr. Josef


Home for the Holidays

The beautifully decorated Jordan House and Bennett School Museums will be showcased Saturday, December 2 from 1-3pm as part of the Home for the Holidays celebration.


WDMHS Selected for Culture Leadership Cohort

The West Des Moines Historical Society has been selected for Iowa Culture Leadership Cohort program! Executive Director Gale Brubaker and board member Allison Ullestad will represent the WDMHS over the next two years for this amazing opportunity.

Launched in 2022, the program helps participants build leadership skills and increase their organizational capacity in areas including operations, sustainability and prog


Now Accepting Applications for the WDMHS Board of Directors

The West Des Moines Historical Society is now accepting applications for volunteer service as part of the Board of Directors. The Board serves as a partner to the Executive Director in creating and executing programs, policies and managing growth while also ensuring the financial stability of the organization. Board service is a monthly commitment and you will be asked to commit to a three-year term, with the option


Historic West Des Moines Cemetery Tour

History comes to life on this tour. Ticket holders will visit Huston and Jordan Cemeteries, hearing from costumed actors portraying notable figures who rest in each location. At the Jordan House M