Mentzer Family Optical History

Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30 PM - 8 PM at Franklin Avenue Library located at 5000 Franklin Ave.  

The Mentzer Family has been one of the longest optical business histories in Des Moines. Russ Mentzer began his optical career in 1951. His family members have carried the business forward. Join us June 20th at 6:30 pm in the Franklin Avenue Library meeting room, 5000 Franklin Avenue to hear about their long standing tradition and the secret to their success.


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Urbandale Centennial Celebration Historical Lecture and Power Point

Thursday, June 22 at 1:30 PM - Urbandale Public Library 3520 86th St, Urbandale, Iowa 50322

The City of Urbandale is celebrating their Centennial Celebration 1917-2017 all year. In honor of that event, the Urbandale Historical Society and Virginia Gee have invited our good friend Earl Short to present a power point history on the impact of the Trolley in Urbandale's development. The event will be held at the Urbandale Library, (3520-86th St.) June 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm

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Unless noted as a members-only event, all programs and events of the Des Moines Historical Society are open to the public. We welcome you to come see what we're about! 

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The DMHS Board would like to extend a heartfelt “Thanks” to the Des Moines Chapter of The National Society Colonial Dames of America for their generous donation to the Project 1843 Collection Drive. On Wed., March 22, Des Moines leaders of The National Society Colonial Dames of America brought a donation – and a challenge – to DMHS at the Birthplace of Des Moines Cabin on South Water St. DMHS president David Barzen accepted a check for $1,000.00 earmarked for repairs of the cabin.

In making the award, NSCDA Des Moines Burrough chairman Kay Fenton Smith said her members want to encourage others to support the project. “We also voted to make a further contribution in 2017, of up to $1,000.00 to match contributions to the Des Moines Historical Society for preservation and improvement of the cabin and site,” she said.

People and companies who wish to contribute may do so by sending a check to the Des Moines Historical Society, P.O. Box 8038, Des Moines, Iowa 50301. Be sure to indicate “Project 1843” in the memo section of your check. THANK You, and Thank You to the NSCDA for your contribution and challenge.
 — with Laura Bouchard Kozin, David Barzen, Karen Hanley and Linda Ultang Powers.