See history unfold.
Visit the museums
A visit to the Jordan House and Bennett School Museums will transport you back in time. Follow the footsteps of James C. Jordan as you listen to stories about family life on the prairie and narrow escapes on the Underground Railroad.
EXPERIENCE OUR HISTORIC BUILDINGS
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....Read more
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD EXHIBIT
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 WarRead more
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...Read more