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THIS SATURDAY - Oct 14, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m. at the Iowa Genealogical Society, 628 E. Grand several authors about the history of Des Moines will talk about their books or CD.

  • The Des Moines Historical Society proudly showcases Des Moines historians. Invited authors and a CD producer are; Honest Parker, Ken Boatwright, Earl Short, Mark Heggen, Sarah Oltrogge, Karla Wright, Bill Hendrickson, Shauna Humrich, Vicki Ingram, and Jan Fleming. Come enjoy a brief synopsis of their work and take advantage of this time to purchase one or several items for yourself or as gifts.  This free event is open to the general public. If you know of other authors or CD producers on Des Moines related topics who should be invited please contact Jerry Tormey at 515-360-1452.


OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS (more details later) - 

Nov. 2, 2017 (Thurs.) - 6:30 p.m. - tour the Ft. DM III Museum on Army Post Road (DMHS members only, you may join online or at the event) *
Dec.  6, 2017 (Wed.) - 5:30 p.m. - Tour the Ruan Building downtown at 666 Grand and learn about the 100 year history of Bankers Trust. *

PLEASE JOIN WITH THE DMHS IN THESE IMPORTANT EFFORTS -

PROJECT 1843- Further information is on the Events page.  To make a contribution go to the 'Donate' button below.  If donations are made in multiples of $18.43 ($18.43, $36.86, $55.29, etc.) we will know the donation is for PROJECT 1843.  Please send an email if a different amount is given.  THANK YOU!


GEORGE MATTERN MONUMENT PROJECT- Further information is on the Events page. To make a contribution go to the 'Donate' button below.  If donations are made in multiples of $5.40 ($5.40, $10.80, $16.20, $21.60, $27.00, etc.) we will know the donation is for the George Mattern Monument.  Please send an email if a different amount is given.  THANK YOU!    

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Des Moines History - 

The modern history of Des Moines can be traced to 1834, when John Dougherty, an Indian Agent at Fort Leavenworth, Ks, recommended a military post be established at the point where the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers merge. Nine years later, May 1843, Captain James Allen and a company of dragoons from Fort Sanford (east of the city of Ottumwa) arrived on the site. Captain Allen proposed to name the garrison Fort Raccoon but was directed by the War Department to use the name Fort Des Moines. (and the residents of Des Moines are glad the War Department prevailed) 

The origin of the name 'Des Moines' is uncertain, but most historians agree the name initially referred to the river. Some people feel 'Des Moines' is derived from the Indian word 'moingona,' the meaning of which is unknown; but it has been applied to natives of the area. In the French language des moines literally translates to "of the monks," so others believe the name applies to the Trappist Monks (Moines de la Trappe) who lived in huts at the mouth of the Des Moines river. Early French voyagers in the 1700's referred to the river on maps as La Riviere des Moines. Another theory is that Des Moines was corrupted from the French de moyen ("middle") because of its location between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.  The consensus seems to be that Des Moines is a variation of Moingona, Moingonan, Moingoun, Mohingona, or Moningounas, as shown on early maps.  

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