Jordan House Yard Spring Cleanup

Help us get the yard and gardens at the Jordan House Museum looking good for Spring!

We are asking for volunteers to come help with outside project Saturday April 17 at the Jordan House Museum (2001 Fuller Road) from 9am-noon. Volunteers will help with project


New Blog Post- Fake Food!

We needed a way to show all the products available at the Vandenburg Pharmacy in our new exhibit, including delicious looking sundaes! But we obviously can’t use real ice cream, so how do we make food items that are


Students Can Take A Free Virtual Tour!

As part of our commitment to education and outreach, the West Des Moines Historical Society is offering FREE live virtual tours to Iowa public school through 2021! Students can walk in the footsteps of Underground Railroad history, learn about early Iowa schools, abolitionist John Brown and more, at no charge!

This is also a wonderful opportunity for schools not in Central Iowa to have access to the amazing resources provided by the WDMHS, including a series of 6 short videos focusing on topics


Green Thumb Alert!

Here’s a volunteer opportunity that will let you “grow!” The WDMHS is in need of green thumbed gardening volunteers to help with spring cleaning, summer planting and maintenance at both the Jordan House and Bennett School Museums.

The Jordan House has a veggie


Welcome to New Board Members

Members of the West Des Moines Historical Society voted to accept three new board members at the annual meeting in January.

Scott Hart has previously volunteered for the WDMHS and been a docent for tours of the Jordan House. Scott


New! Videos for Educators

Thanks to funding from the State Historical Society of Iowa, Inc. and the talents of Conjunction Media, the West Des Moines Historical Society has 6 informative videos and supporting curriculum which can be utilized by educators, free of charge! These videos introduce concepts and history normally explored during tours of the Jordan House Museum, including:

Upcoming Holiday Closures


Merry Mixing! Virtual Cocktail Hour

Merry Mixing Virtual Cocktail HourYou’re invited to our virtual cocktail hour! Sunday, December 27 livestream with The Republic on Grand mixologist Nick Agness as he talks about the history of classic cocktails, then Nick will walk us through mixing his versions of two cocktails,


Forever Free Pilot Mentoring Program

The West Des Moines Historical Society is accepting applications for high level high school Juniors or Seniors and college student interns to participate in a new project, “Forever Free Pilot Mentoring Program.” This project is funded through a rant from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and presented in partnership with National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

The objective of the program is to bring community mentors and students together to uncover


Family Photos at the Jordan House Museum


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