With recent and upcoming history events in Waukee and Des Moines respectively, I thought I would write briefly about our town’s historical society. If you sent a donation in the early days of the Save the Barn campaign via PayPal or check, it was most likely processed through the West Des Moines Historical Society (WDMHS). T

he WDMHS was established in 1970, quite some time ago when compared to the Waukee (est. 2012) and Des Moines (est. 2011). And while it isn’t quite caught up on technology with the internet and programming like Des Moines’ Historical Society, it has issued a call to action via member newsletter (read a copy with this link) for a weekend event this Saturday — Spring Clean-up. You may have read about it in the Valley Vibes for the last two weeks (see the complaint section of the WDMCS Tech post here, because you know it’s extra-validating to see the truth in print form).

We at Jordan House take great pride in this beautiful Victorian home. It’s a treasure for the past, present, and future. Please visit us if you haven’t been here for a while and for those of you who might be unfamiliar please come and enjoy this wonderful historical landmark. We are scheduling a “service day” to tidy up the grounds surrounding the House which will call for many hands to make light work. If you can volunteer any time April 21 between 9:00-2:00 we would greatly appreciate your assistance. No amount of time is too little. Meet your neighbors and friends while feeling a sense of community pride. This will involve the following:  general yard clean-up (lawn rakes are welcome)  repairing, scraping, and painting some fence  edging sidewalks (weed whackers are welcome)  cleaning off flower beds and laying mulch  gutter and downspout maintenance  lower level window washing We encourage everyone to bring a “sack lunch” if you choose. Dessert, coffee, and water will be provided. Please come out and help keep West Des Moines’ oldest and most beautiful Victorian Home the stately museum that it is. Please RSVP to Penny Schiltz at: 515-225-1286 or email jordanhouse@dwx.com