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Book Event: Pursuit of a Dream, James Jordan His Life and His Legacy

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    Monday, November 19th, 6:30 - 8:30pm Book Event:  'Pursuit of a Dream:  James Jordan, His Life and His Legacy' with Historian Louise Gately.

    Artisan Gallery 218 proudly presents a fascinating book talk by local historian and author Louise Gately.  Anyone interested in the history of West Des Moines will want to read this groundbreaking book written about early pioneer, James Jordan.  Pursuit of a Dream details the important role Jordan played in making Des Moines the capital city of Iowa, while shaping early Iowa business and politics and aiding fugitive slaves as they escaped through the Underground Railroad.

    The book reveals the story of the Jordan family’s decision to settle in Iowa and the many changes undergone during the Victorian era. Full of fascinating history about the greater Des Moines area, the book is filled with little-known facts and stories readers are sure to enjoy.

    M. Louise Gately earned a B.A. in History and Social Science and an M.S.E. in Higher Education Administration/Development from Drake University. She served on the board of the West Des Moines Historical Society for twenty-five years and is the Jordan Historian in West Des Moines. Her home overlooks Jordan Creek where she resides with her husband, Gary Gately.

     The event is free and open to the public. Artisan Gallery 218 is located at 218 Fifth Street in West Des Moines’ Valley Junction.  Beaverdale Books will have books available for purchase and signing.