RESEARCHING YOUR HOME
"Bicentennial Reflections: The History of Des Moines Public Schools, 1846-1976" (1976, 1.9MB)
Researching Military Records at the State Archives of Iowa (2013, 186K)
Iowa Site Inventory Form: Casady School, 1801 16th St. (2010, 1.6MB)
"Renovate or Replace: The Case for Restoring and Reusing Older School Buildings" (3.2MB)
"Two Rivers Flowing: Recent Archaeology in Downtown Des Moines" (2005, 13.7MB)
City of Des Moines Local Landmark Nomination for Row House at 709 E. Locust (2000, 600K)
Iowa Site Inventory Form: First Church of Christ, Scientist, 3750 Grand Ave. (2010, 2.8MB)
Nat'l Register of Historic Places Nomination: Southwest 5th Street (Jackson Ave.) Bridge (1998, 900K)
Nat'l Register of Historic Places Nomination: Sherman Hill Historic District (1979, 4.4MB)
The Des Moines Historical Society Collecting Plan & Policy (Adopted Jan. 8, 2013; 250K)
Des Moines Community Preservation Plan (1995, 13.8MB)
Looking for old photos of Des Moines? Try the "Lost Des Moines" Facebook page
"Des Moines Illustrated Souvenir" (1896, download or view online)
The Library of Congress American Memory Historical Collections: http://memory.loc.gov
Wesley Redhead Family History, lots of great photos: www.redheadhistory.net
Des Moines Public Library Online Local History Resources
Des Moines Public Library Special Collections on Flickr
Des Moines Rehabbers Club
Des Moines Streetcar Friends (Facebook group)
The Drake (University) Heritage Collections
Polk County Historical Studies (many links to online resources)
Riverview Park II
State Historical Society of Iowa
State Historical Society of Iowa Special Collections on Flickr
The Des Moines Historical Society currently has no facility, museum or library for researchers. But that won't stop us from trying to help you in your search for historical information.
The Des Moines Historical Society welcomes research inquiries. Please review our Research Request Services and Fees before contacting us.
We've started a list of online resources here to get you started.
These radio advertisements were taken from acetate recordings by KRNT radio station in Des Moines, Iowa, in the late 1950s. (Audio courtesy of Mark Heggen; photo courtesy the Des Moines Public Library). Click below to listen.
Read the National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form for the downtown Des Moines Younkers Building (2010, 81pgs., 6MB PDF). Includes architectural descriptions, store history, photos and more. Click here
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