Pursuit of a Dream; James Jordan - Presented by Louise Gately
Iowa pioneer James Cunningham Jordan was important in the development of the state and Central Iowa. Among many things Jordan was a family man, religious leader, stockman, politician, and railroad promoter, but most well known is his role as Chief Conductor for the Underground Railroad in Polk County. Author M. Louise Gately has created a well researched, fascinating and unique look into this family’s roots in West Des Moines. Copies of “Pursuit of a Dream” will be available for purchase from the West Des Moines Historical Society.
The Iowa Files, an educational history lecture series, returns in 2019/2020. Free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of West Des Moines Historical Society members, the Iowa Arts Council and the Friends Foundation of the West Des Moines Library, this 8 month series showcases interesting people and events in Iowa history.
Each program begins at 2:30 and runs for one hour in the Community Room of the West Des Moines Public Library, 4000 Mills Civic Parkway. Each presentation will be recorded and made available online.