The West Des Moines Historical Society is committed to education and providing online access to objects, photographs and documents pertaining to West Des Moines people, places and events. Many of these items are fragile so they are not on exhibit and in fact, haven’t been viewed in decades!

This inventory project is ongoing, meaning new items will be added as time and resources allow. If you are interested in helping with the inventory project, please email

Our sincere thanks to our members, donors and the support of the Iowa Arts Council for providing the initial funding for this on-line catalog. If you’d like to support this accessible database, please donate.