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THE NEXT GREAT DMHS EVENT -

CHANGE IN VENUE

The program about the History of Beaverdale on Saturday, January 27, 11:00 a.m. will now be at  the newly opened EDENCREST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY at Beaverdale (not Christopher's).

It is just to the south of Boesen's Florist, at  3410 Beaver.

Please park on the WEST side of the building and enter by the door in the NW portion of the building; take the stairs or elevator up to the main floor. 

From Urbandale Av. or Douglas Av. take 47th Street to Amick & go east on Amick to the parking lot.

You may turn west onto Ovid or Euclid from Beaver to go to 47th Street. 

~~~  SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018 @ 11:00 a.m. at EDENCREST -  The History of Beaverdale powerpoint will be presented by Pat Meiners and the DMHS Annual Meeting (with elections & annual report).  Lunch is available off the menu at EDENCREST for $8.  

Please RSVP ASAP by email to lindapower1942@gmail.com .  THANKS! 

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DURING 2018 the DMHS is REMEMBERING 100 YEARS AGO WHEN THE FIRST THREE AMERICANS WERE KILLED DURING WORLD WAR I, INCLUDING PRIVATES MERLE DAVID HAY 
OF GLIDDEN, IOWA AND THOMAS P. ENRIGHT OF PITTSBURGH, PA AND CORPORAL JAMES B. GRESHAM OF EVANSVILLE, IN ON NOVEMBER 3, 1917.  
Only 16 days later, the City Council of Des Moines renamed 58th Street as Merle Hay Road in honor of Pvt. HayNovember 19, 1917
as Camp Dodge was becoming important to the war effort.


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~~~ PROJECT 1843 to repair and enhance the Fort Des Moines II/Birthplace of Des Moines Cabin - 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 not completely clear, 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 the Native American word Moingona, Moingonan, Moingoun, Mohingona, or Moningounas, as shown on early maps.  

http://ir.uiowa.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2317&context=annals-of-iowa  

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