The History of Early Des Moines

Jul 16
Saturday 2:00 pm
How did Des Moines get its name? We’ll answer that question and many more. See maps and photos from the city’s earliest days to the present and learn about the people, places and events behind them. The presentation will include historic and current aerial views of the city taken from the old Polk County Courthouse. Presented by local historian and researcher, Archie Cook.

Franklin’s Evening Book Discussion Welcomes Iowa Author Kali VanBaale

Aug 9
Tuesday 6:30 pm
Iowa-based author Kali VanBaale will discuss her new novel, The Good Divide, the story of a 1960’s Wisconsin dairy farm wife who finds her world shaken when a new sister-in-law dredges up dark secrets, long-kept lies, and the unresolved death of an old friend. Discussion will include a short visual presentation on Kali’s research for this novel, her own experiences growing up on a dairy farm, and the little-known genre of Midwestern Gothic fiction. Book Discussion copies will be available at Franklin Information desk, first come, first served.


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