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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Feb

4

2014

The Jordan House Musuem

The Jordan House, a stately Victorian home of Italianate Gothic design, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program. It is one of the oldest structures in Polk Country... 

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Feb

4

2014

The Bennett School Museum

Built in 1926 or ’27 the Bennett School was one of the last one room schools to be built in West Des Moines and was in use until at least 1941. It was originally located on an acre of ground donated by the Bennett family at the southwest corner of what... 

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Feb

2

2014

President’s Comments Fall 2013

Dear Friends, I write to you as our fall colors blaze in reds, yellows, and browns, and yet snow is forecast for northern Iowa later today! Your West Des Moines Historical Society has been busy building new capacity during 2013. We are embarking on a... 

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