History is Everyone's Story.

Everyone has a story.

The pioneers who settled Iowa, the freed men and women who traveled across it and the families who now call it home. You’re invited to walk the hallways of the past, see Victorian elegance and hear stories of hardship and bravery as you become part of history.

The Jordan House Museum Times

Weekly Open House tours of the Jordan House Museum offered every Friday and Sunday

West Des Moines Historical Society's Historic Buildings

Jordan House West Des Moines, Iowa

The Jordan House Museum

The Jordan House, a stately Victorian home of Italianate Gothic design, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program….

The Bennett School Museum

Built in 1926 or ’27 the Bennett School was one of the last one room schools to be built in West Des Moines and was in use until at least 1941. It was originally located on an acre of ground donated…

The Jordan House and the Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad was a loosely organized system for helping escaped slaves from the southern states reach freedom in the North or Canada in the years before the Civil War.

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