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Listen to vintage Younkers ads


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

Helpful Downloads & Links





​DOWNLOADS

"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) 



LINKS
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



Newspaper Archive

Polk County Historical Studies (many links to online resources)

Riverview Park

Riverview Park II

State Historical Society of Iowa 

State Historical Society of Iowa Special Collections on Flickr

Research Resources


The Des Moines Historical Society currently has no facility, museum or library for researchers.


To help with your independent research, we've started a list of online resources here to get you started. 


WEBMASTER: Pat Meiners

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