WAHS Membership Drive Runs December 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 All WAHS memberships will run a full calendar year beginning in 2017. January thru December yearly.   In the month of December 2016, if you purchase any of the WAHS memberships you have the option to purchase an...
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WAHS 1st Annual Heritage Day

Waukee Area Historical Society Heritage Day Saturday, October 8, 2016 Waukee Community Center 675 Walnut St, Waukee, Iowa Event Schedule 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM – Early Agriculture and Farm Life Pete Malmberg, Director of Forest Park Museum 11:30 AM to...
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New Board Members

The Waukee Area Historical Society (WAHS) is now accepting new board member applications. Potential board members must have a passion for preserving Waukee area history and celebrating the present and future. If you are interested in learning more and applying, please view the...
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Loren Horton Community History Award

On May 14th, The Waukee Area Historical Society received the 2014 Loren Horton Community History Award. The annual achievement is presented by the State Historical Society of Iowa Board of Trustees, for an outstanding contribution to community history through a local history...
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June is Waukee History Month

At the May 19th Waukee City Council meeting, Waukee Mayor Bill Peard presented an official Proclamation declaring June as Waukee History Month! We are excited to have each June as another reason to celebrate our rich history. We hope that area businesses and organizations will...
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2014 Annual Fundraising Dinner

We hosted our Third Annual Alice’s Spaghettiland fundraising dinner at St. Bonafice Church in Waukee on Sunday, April 27. Over 575 community members enjoyed Alice’s old recipe for dinner. We are thankful for the community’s support! We hope that folks enjoyed...
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Late 1800 Businesses in Waukee – Part 2

In reading old records of this era, the last 1800’s, this was by far the best growth period for the town of Waukee. Here is an interesting account of a tour of Waukee written by a reporter, taken from a newspaper of April 15, 1891. “First, I dropped into J. R. Morrison’s Grain...
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Late 1800 Businesses in Waukee – Part 1

The following is a list of the businesses in Waukee in the late 1800’s (1870’s, 1880’s and 1890’s). As you will observe from the large number of business houses, it was considered a “boom town” exhibiting great promise for further growth and expansion. General Stores: A.T....
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1879 County Map

The History of Waukee: From Shirley to Waukee

The Des Moines Valley Railroad completed building into Des Moines on Aug. 29, 1866.  The railroad started from Keokuk in 1856 but because of the Civil War, progress was slowed.  Headquarters were in Keokuk with D.W. Kilbourne serving as president, and General Reid and Colonel...
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