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Grant Funders Propel West Des Moines Historical Society Past 50% Capital Campaign Mark

Posted March 19, 2014 in Community Web Exclusives, West Des Moines

The West Des Moines Historical Society has received a total of $116,000 through generous support from Bravo Greater Des Moines, the City of West Des Moines, and Prairie Meadows’ Community Betterment Program.  The Society has a $200,000 capital fund drive goal for critical repairs to the Jordan House.

Bravo awarded $46,107 for general repairs to the exterior of the house; Prairie Meadows awarded $10,000 to assist in the replacement of two aging heating and cooling systems; and the City of West Des Moines has pledged $15,000 per year for the next four years to help with a decade of deferred maintenance.

The bulk of the funds will be used to make essential repairs to maintain the historical integrity of the Jordan House and grounds, an important 160-year-old West Des Moines historical landmark on Fuller Drive. “The Historical Society needs resources — both people and financial — to keep this historical landmark open while sharing the important stories it has to offer with the community at-large,” commented West Des Moines Mayor, Steve Gaer.

The mission of the Society is to enrich the community through education, preservation, and celebration of the history and the heritage of West Des Moines and its environs.  The Society uses the Jordan House, an artifact of the Underground Railroad, to provide students, the community, and visitors from throughout the state and U.S. a wide-range of educational programs, tours and special events.

“With continuing community support, we know this campaign will be successful in preserving and celebrating an important part of West Des Moines history,” said John Norwood, President of the West Des Moines Historical Society.

Individuals and corporations interested in contributing cash or in-kind services to the Community Enrichment Initiative may contact the Society’s Project Manager, Katie Getting, at 515-277-6652, or email

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