EXPERIENCE HISTORY

Experience The Jordan House, a stately Victorian home of Italianate Gothic design and Bennett School, one of the last one-room schoolhouses built in Iowa.

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West Des Moines Historical Society is dedicated to the mission of historic preservation and to educate public about our historic sites in Central Iowa.

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Your tax-deductible contribution supports community enrichment through education, preservation, and celebration of the history of the greater WDM area

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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 TOUR TIMES

We're adding a log cabin to the WDMHS! We have the opportunity to add an authentic 1800s log cabin home to use for education and learning experiences. Bid on beautiful quilts and other items to make this dream come true!

Railroad

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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Pathway to History-A Unique Holiday Gift!

Looking for a unique and meaningful gift for a history lover? Cement their place in West Des Moines history by buying an engraved paver for the Pathway to History at the historic Jordan House Museum. Pavers can celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, life accomplishments, remember a loved one or pass words of wisdom to the next generation…. View Article

Home for the Holidays

Tour the decorated Jordan House and Bennett School Museums Sunday, December 4 from 1-3pm. Volunteers have decorated the Jordan House and Bennett School, inspired by traditional and Victorian images. Visitors can vote on their favorite room, and enjoy cookies while making a family craft at Bennett School. Pre-purchase tickets or get your tickets at the… View Article

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