Tours cancelled January 14


Unique gifts for the holidays!

Looking for a meaningful gift for that history lover? The West Des Moines Historical Society has a selection of handmade gifts and experiences as well as the opportunity to become a permanent part of the Jordan House Museum.

Give a membership to the West Des Moines Historical Society- great idea for an experiential gift for the whole family!

Pathway to History: personalized bricks are


Saved by Schindler’s List

Celina Karp Biniaz is one of the last living survivors from Schindler’s List—and the only one who graduated from North High School and Grinnell College in Iowa.

Sandi Yoder, Director of the Iowa Jewish Historical Society, will share Celina’s personal story, which included nearly five years in the Krakow ghetto and the Plaszow labor camp, the transfer to Auschwitz, and her terrifying encounter with Dr. Josef Mengele before she, her mother, and the other women on Schindler’s list were rescued


Home for the Holidays

The beautifully decorated Jordan House and Bennett School Museums will be showcased Saturday, December 2 from 1-3pm as part of the Home for the Holidays celebration. Visitors will tour rooms decorated by local organizations and individuals and vote


WDMHS Selected for Culture Leadership Cohort

The West Des Moines Historical Society has been selected for Iowa Culture Leadership Cohort program! Executive Director Gale Brubaker and board member Allison Ullestad will represent the WDMHS over the next two years for this amazing opportunity.

Launched in 2022, the program helps participants build leadership skills and increase their organizational capacity in areas including operations, sustainability and programming. Participants attend workshops and learn from experts in their field, take


Now Accepting Applications for the WDMHS Board of Directors

The West Des Moines Historical Society is now accepting applications for volunteer service as part of the Board of Directors. The Board serves as a partner to the Executive Director in creating and executing programs, policies and managing growth while also ensuring the financial stability of the organization. Board service is a monthly commitment and you will be asked to commit to a three-year term, with the option of a second three-year term.

All experience and skills can be valuable to the


Historic West Des Moines Cemetery Tour

History comes to life on this tour. Ticket holders will visit Huston and Jordan Cemeteries, hearing from costumed actors portraying notable figures who rest in each location. At the Jordan House Museum, you’ll learn about elements of death and mourning in Victorian times.



Deck the Halls of the Jordan House!

Do you love to decorate for the holidays, but find you’re running out of room? Now’s your chance to decorate a museum!

We’re looking for individuals, organizations, families or companies to decorate a room at the historic Jordan House Museum for our holiday tours and events. You choose your


Juneteenth Celebration of Culture

Join the City of West Des Moines and West Des Moines Historical Society for a celebration of Juneteenth Wednesday, June 21 beginning at 5:30pm at the Jordan House Museum. Community leaders will host a panel discussion on the history and progress of African Americans in Iowa. Please RSVP by calling


“Unconditional Surrender”

Unconditional Surrender:
A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant

Wednesday, April 12
3:00 pm

Grand Living at Tower Place
540 S. 51st Street., West Des Moines
Please RSVP to 515.758.4459

Ulysses S. Grant comes to life in this information, humorous


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