Holiday Open House

The decorations are up and you’re invited to tour the Jordan House and Bennett School Museums Sunday, December 1. Self guided tours, treats and family crafts will be offered from 1-4pm.

New this year, visitors will have the opportunity to vote on the best decorations at the Jordan House!

Tour fees to visit both properties:

Adults: $5
Youth: $3
Under 5: Free




James Jordan; Pursuit of a Dream

Sunday, November 17
West Des Moines Public Library

Iowa pioneer James Cunningham Jordan was important in the development of the state


Watch “How Iowa Met Baseball”

If you missed the October Iowa Files program, you can learn about the history of baseball in Iowa on the WDMHS YouTube channel. All the 2019/2020 presentations will be recorded and available online, thanks to the Friends Foundation of the West Des Moines Public Library and Conjunction Media.

Watch John Liepa’s fascinating program here.


History at the Table

What did a typical Victorian menu have featured, and what were the special dishes created to celebrate a holiday? Find out when we explore History at the Table Wednesday, November


Brothers in War- the Littletons

Now you can watch all the 2019/2020 Iowa Files educational programs, thanks to support from the members of the West Des Moines Historical Society and the Friends Foundation of the West Des Moines Public Library!

The first program of the new series, “Brothers in War- the Littletons” is now available on the WDMHS YouTube channel. Watch here