Feb

6

2015

Underground Railroad: West Des Moines’ Jordan House

February is celebrated as Black History Month in the United States and Canada. Local channel ABC 5 broadcasted a story on Jordan House and Jordan’s role in Underground Railroad and his hospitality to slaves seeking refuge along the underground railroad. Read... 

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Dec

29

2014

The West Des Moines Speedway

World Record Broken at Valley Junction Racetrack As the boys played ball on the freshly mowed field, the sound in the distance is a small Ford tractor finishing its clipping chores.  The scent of cut grass on this sultry summer dusk stirs the senses... 

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Aug

6

2014

Judge Pratt Spoke at the Naturalization Ceremony

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my privilege to be the first to congratulate you on your new citizenship. A little later this morning I will again congratulate each of you personally when I present you your certificate of citizenship, and I certainly look... 

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Aug

6

2014

Jordan House Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

The Des Moines Register – A brief ceremony on Friday completed the naturalization process for approximately 65 immigrants who had met the requirements to become U.S. citizens. Naturalization ceremonies typically are held monthly in the ceremonial... 

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Apr

25

2014

2013 Visitor Numbers

The West Des Moines Historical Society hosted over 3,200 visitors at the Historic Jordan House and Bennett School! The 2013 season also saw an increase in the number of events held by the Society, as well as an increase in the number of open house hours... 

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