We Want To Hear From You!

As part of our strategic plan, we are examining programs, education opportunities, member priorities and future resources.

We’d greatly appreciate a few minutes of your time to let your opinions be counted! Please click on the link below for a short survey.


Iowa Files Livestream

You now have multiple ways to learn about Iowa history during the joint WDMHS/West Des Moines Public Library program, The Iowa Files. Thanks to our members, EMC Insurance Foundation, Friends of the West Des Moines Library and the Iowa Arts Council,


Deck the Jordan House Halls

We’re looking for individuals, organizations, families or clubs interested in Decking the Halls of the Jordan House Museum for the holidays! Choose a theme and decorate your chosen room between November 15 and December 1. Visitors to the Jordan House will be asked to vote on their favorite room and the winning decorators will receive a prize package from West Des Moines businesses.

All themes & decorations must be approved by WDMHS staff. Some ideas:

Masks Are Required


ASL Interpretation Now Available!

Thanks in part to funding from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, ASL (American Sign Language) is available as an option for private tours of the Jordan House and Bennett School museums. Please schedule your ASL tour at least 2 weeks in advance by emailing info@wdmhs.org or calling


Iowa Files Returns!

The Iowa Files, an educational history lecture series, returns in 2021/2022. Free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of West Des Moines Historical Society members, the Iowa Arts Council, the EMC Insurance Foundation and the Friends Foundation of the West Des Moines Library, this 8 month series showcases interesting people and events in Iowa history.

NEW THIS YEAR! Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, all programs will be live streamed, and videos will be close captioned!



Guided Tours are Back!

As of July 1, 2021, masks are suggested, but not required, to tour the Jordan House Museum.

People may choose to continue wearing a mask at any time and all visitors will be respectful of other people’s individual decisions.

Tours will once again be guided by our trained docents, rather than self-guided. This means tours will begin at the top of the hour (11am or 1pm.) No more than 20 tickets will be available for each tour.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase a tour


New Blog Post- Juneteenth


Awards Winning Videos!

Congratulations to our friend Conjunction Media – Creative Dave who was recognized with a 2021 Award of Excellence from the Iowa Motion Picture Association for his outstanding work on our Tales From Iowa History educational video series. WDMHS staff developed and created the scripts and visuals, and David made them shine!

This series of 6 videos, each focusing on part of Iowa history, are available at no charge


National Pen Pal Day


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