Des Moines Historical Society

​NEW 2016 Calendar Images

Our success depends on the generosity of those who share our belief that Des Moines history should be preserved. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization,  your contribution may be  tax-deductible. 

We are a growing organization with many special tours, events and programs throughout the year. Join today!

The Des Moines (Iowa) Historical Society is a 501c3 organization with the mission to promote the preservation and study of the history and heritage of Des Moines, Iowa. 




November 30th – Tour of Hoyt Sherman Place at 6pm.  This tour is available to MEMBERS ONLY.  Deadline for reservations is November 14, 2015.  New memberships will NOT be available at the door.  RSVP Below:

What kind of name is Des Moines anyway?


The origin of the name "Des Moines" is uncertain. The French des moines literally translates to "of the monks." Some people believe it refers to French Trappist monks who lived in huts at the mouth of the Des Moines River, while others think it could be referring to the Moingona natives of the area. Another theory is that Des Moines was corrupted from the French de moyen ("middle") because of its location between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. 

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  • NEW 2016 Calendars 

  • NEW DMHS Pennants ​

  •  DMHS Polo Shirts available for $22.00

  • 2015 Calendars on Sale - Now just $2.00!

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 2716 Grand Avenue   

 Des Moines, IA 50312

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Contact Us


Des Moines Historical Society

P.O. Box 8038

Des Moines, IA  50301

Photos courtesy Lost Des Moines