Arts, Culture, and Humanities

West Des Moines Historical Society

  • West Des Moines, IA
  • www.wdmhs.org

Mission Statement

The West Des Moines Historical Society is a 501(c)3 volunteer-based organization dedicated to community enrichment through education, preservation, and celebration of the history and the heritage of the greater West Des Moines area and its environs.

We maintain two unique properties, The James Jordan House at 2001 Fuller Road and Bennett School, 4001 Fuller Road.

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. It is one of the oldest structures in Polk Country and the oldest in West Des Moines. Built by one of West Des Moines' first settlers, James C. Jordan, the house today serves both as a museum for West Des Moines and as the office of West Des Moines Historical Society. The sixteen period rooms serve as a fitting backdrop of displaying the many antique treasures gathered from the rich heritage of West Des Moines. Visitors will also be interested in both the Underground Railroad Exhibit and the many artifacts from the regular railroad which played an important role in the early years of West Des Moines.

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 by the Bennett family at the southwest corner of what is now known as Fuller Road and 50th Street. The school was eventually sold, remodeled slightly, and used as a private home for a number of years before being donated to the West Des Moines Historical Society by its final owners. Through the generosity of the community, a restoration project was begun in 1997 which returned the school to it's former appearance.

Main Programs

  1. Open House Tours
  2. Program 2

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ruling year

1971

Keywords

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Historical preservation, museum, education,

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EIN

23-7132446

 Number

4773755885

Physical Address

2001 Fuller Road

West Des Moines, IA 50265

Also Known As

Jordan House

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

Open House Tours

TO PROVIDE TOURS OF THE WDM HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S JORDAN HOUSE MUSEUM & TO ALLOW CHILDREN TO EXPERIENCE THE ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE (BENNETT SCHOOL)

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

$5,500.00

Program 2

TO PROVIDE TOURS & MEALS IN THE JORDAN HOUSE MUSEUM EDUCATE THE PUBLIC IN WDM HISTORY AND THE HISTORY OF UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

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Population(s) Served

Budget

37739.00

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