There are a lot historic places worth visiting in Des Moines, but after lots of snow (who’s counting anymore?) and sub-zero temperatures you might prefer visiting some Des Moines landmarks from the cozy comfort of your home. All you have to do is visit the Places page of our virtual library's local history section. There you will find historic tour maps that incorporate images, a map and list of places on the National Register of Historic Places, and a number of links to other his
Wow! This is one fancy card, I bet the Cole's of Colchester Place threw an awesome New Year's party. . .
2013 Annual Human Rights Day
December 10, 2013
If you enjoy stuffing yourself silly with turkey and all the trimmings at a Thanksgiving meal, you would have been just ecstatic in 1939. Things had been running fairly smoothly since President Lincoln declared in 1863 that a national “day of thanksgiving and praise” would be on the last Thursday of November. In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt decided that businesses needed more time for shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and declared the fourth (instead of the fifth) Thursday in November as the official federal observation of Thanksgiving.
Learn more about Merle Hay, his service in World War I and how newspapers can give you clues about the lives of your ancestors.
Newcomers to the Des Moines area are often surprised to find that local children go out trick-or-treating on October 30, not on Halloween night, October 31, as most of the country does. How did this tradition get started? An article in The Des Moines Register on October 28, 1997, says “Blame World War II.” as well as rowdy youths in the early history of Des Moines.
In the summer of 1869 the first fire engine arrived in Des Moines. . .
- The first state fair was held in Fairfield, Iowa, in 1854. Since then it has been held in Muscatine, Oskaloosa, Iowa City, Dubuque, Burlington, Clinton, Keokuk, and Cedar Rapids.
- In 1879, the state fair found its permanent home in Des Moines.
- Admission to the 1854 fair was 25 cents.
- Fairgrounds take up 445 acres, of which 160 is campgrounds
- Attendance in 1854 was 8,500. The largest fair attendance was in 2008 at 1,109,150.