The West Des Moines Historical Society is hiring for the contracted position of Videographer/Editor for the 2019/2020 Iowa Files presentations (see schedule below.)

Contractor must provide own equipment, including video camera, microphones and other necessary equipment needed to tape & edit monthly programs, held the 3rd Sunday of the month from September through May, at the West Des Moines Public Library.

Programs generally run for one hour and can include audience q&a. Some presenters utilize PowerPoint slide shows which would need to be integrated into the final edits. The final edited programs must include an intro graphic with the name of the program and presenter, the date and the WDMHS and Friends of the West Des Moines Public Library. Final graphic can include videographer’s name. All finished programs will be uploaded to YouTube and other platforms and become the property of the West Des Moines Historical Society.

Compensation is negotiable. Please contact:

Gale Brubaker
Executive Director
West Des Moines Historical Society

Iowa Files Schedule. All programs begin at 2:30pm at the West Des Moines Public Library.

Sunday, September 15, 2019: The Littleton Brothers (2 presenters)
Sunday, October 20, 2019: How Iowa Met Baseball (1 presenter)
Sunday, November 17, 2019: Pursuit of a Dream; James Jordan (1 presenter)
Sunday, January 19, 2020: Susan Clark & the End of Segregated Schools in Iowa (1 presenter)
Sunday, February 16, 2020: Buxton, A Black Utopia in Iowa? (1 presenter)
Sunday, March 15, 2020: Bonnie & Clyde After Dexfield Park (1 presenter)
Sunday, April 19, 2020: Orphan Trains (1 presenter)
Sunday, May 17, 2020: Buffalo Bill Cody (1 presenter)

Docent/Tour Guides

The West Des Moines Historical Society is presently accepting applications for Docents. This is a contracted position to present tours of the Jordan House and Bennett School primarily Monday-Thursday. If you are interested in applying or learning more, please complete the docent application and return to:

West Des Moines Historical Society
Attn: Administrator
PO Box 65563
West Des Moines, IA 50265

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