Early Bird Gathering for the 2013 Iowa Statewide Underground Railroad Conference

Mar. 15 (4:00 pm - 6:30 pm)

James C. Jordan House

2001 Fuller Road

West Des Moines, Iowa

Early Bird Gathering and Reception hosted by the West Des Moines Historical Society
James C. Jordan House
2001 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, Iowa

Please join us at the James Jordan House in West Des Moines, a property listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom, for a reception and lively discussions about Underground Railroad research and more. As presented on their website :

The Jordan House is a restored Victorian Mansion that was the home of James Jordan, the founder of Valley Junction (which was later renamed West Des Moines). In the 1850’s and early 60’s, the home served as a station on the Underground Railroad. Today, it serves as a museum for the City of West Des Moines and as the office of the Historical Society.
There will be two special opportunities for guests during the reception.

• A guided tour of the house will be offered to guests beginning from 4:15 PM to 5 PM.

• At 5:30 PM, Judge Michael Streit will give a short presentation entitled “Chief Justice Charles Mason and the 1839 Decision regarding the Case of Ralph.”

6:30 pm Dinner

Dinner on your own OR if there are enough interested guests who would like to go to dinner as a group, arrangements could be made with a local restaurant. If you are interested in this option, please contact the West Des Moines Historical Society before March 14 either by e-mail wdmhs@valleyjunction.com or by telephone at (515) 277-6652.

Please also see the related event listing on March 16.

Contact: Doug Jones doug.jones@iowa.gov (515) 281-4358

Website: www.thejordanhouse.org

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