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Ankeny Historical Society May Open House
The Ankeny Area Historical Society will be holding its monthly open house on May 6, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at their two museums located at 301 SW Third St.
We have two new displays for you to see. Our store display and “The Des Moines Ordnance Plant” display. The store display shows what a country store was like, along with photos of early stores in Uptown. Our other new display, “The Des Moines Ordnance Plant” tells the story of the building of the plant, its workers and the effect it had on central Iowa. Come learn how many families were displaced from their farms with as little as 48 hours notice so the plant could be built. How 35 train cars filled with cartridges were shipped out daily. Also, as part of the display, listen to interviews of some of the people that worked at the plant. You will find these displays and others displays and artifacts that bring the area’s past to life in our century-old 2-story farmhouse and barn.
More About Ankeny Area Historical Society
Located on Southwest 3rd Street, the Ankeny Area Historical Society consists of a historical house and barn housing numerous displays that document the history of Ankeny. The society's exhibits feature quilts, dollhouse miniatures, signage, photos and other historical artifacts. The Ankeny Area Historical Society is always looking for more glimpses into the past, so contact them if you have anything of historical value to contribute. Open houses are held the first Sunday of each month from 2pm to 4pm, or by appointment.