2016 EVENTS


February 20 at 3:00 at Lurra Cocina Restaurant on 1420 Locust.  Highlighting the history of the 1910 building and its auto row past.  

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Iowa State Fair History by Kathy Swift.  February 22, 2016

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-Fitch Family History by Denny Rehder.  March 2016, TBD​ ​

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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