Ankeny Area Historical Society

Ankeny Area Historical Society Bringing the past to life in the Ankeny area! Find us on Twitter @ankenyhistory

Ankeny Area Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity. Contrary to popular belief, neither the society nor the museum receive public funding from any government or municipal entity - we help to keep your history alive through yearly membership renewals and donations from the community. Come tour our museum house, built in 1905. You can visit Floppy, Iowa's most famous beagle, star of his own program on local channel 13 from 1957-1987, who is currently on display in our barn. We also have military memorabilia, an antique toy room, and a library full of information about the Ankeny area and the families who have lived here. Our museum has non-traditional operating hours. We have an Open House every Sunday from June to Labor Day weekend, and the 1st Sunday of every month in April, May, October, and November from 2-4pm. If you're planning on coming to visit the area with a tour group, or coming from out of town, please call us and we can try to make other arrangements for you to visit during a different time. Although the museum is not open during the week, the historical society does have regular office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, meaning there should be a person in the office to answer phone calls and emails during this time. If this changes for a particular day, we will create a Facebook post to notify our followers. If you're trying to reach us outside of our office hours, please leave a message or send us an email, and allow us 2 business days to respond. If you leave a message or send email on Thursday evening, you should not expect to receive a response until Monday.

Mission: The Ankeny Area Historical Society is established to collect and secure artifacts and historical records represting Alleman, Ankeny, Bondurant, Carney, Elkhart, Enterprise, Polk City, and Sheldahl for the purpose of preserving American Heritage.

Murder Mystery Cast of Characters
06/07/2019

Murder Mystery Cast of Characters

Thank you Child’s View Day Care kids for visiting us yesterday! ❤️
06/07/2019

Thank you Child’s View Day Care kids for visiting us yesterday! ❤️

06/06/2019

Come and visit us at our Open House this Sunday, June 9, 2:00pm-4:00pm and learn about Ankeny's amazing history!

06/06/2019

We have a limited amount of Ankeny Alumni Newsletters just delivered! We are open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am-3:00pm for you to pick them up! We are also open Sundays from 2:00pm-4:00pm!

Cast of Characters - Night at the Museum Murder Mystery.  Thank you to everyone who made last night a huge success - fro...
06/06/2019

Cast of Characters - Night at the Museum Murder Mystery. Thank you to everyone who made last night a huge success - from the script writer, videographers, Polk County Sheriff and Deputy, cast of characters and especially to all our visitors who came out to support us and let us present a slice of Ankeny’s amazing history! ❤️

06/06/2019

Time to find out who dunnit! 🕵🏻‍♂️

06/05/2019

See you all today at 6pm! Let’s find out who dunnit! ☠️

Tonight!! 6-8PM at the Ankeny Area History Museum. A crime has been committed. Who is the murderer? Here is your chance ...
06/05/2019

Tonight!! 6-8PM at the Ankeny Area History Museum. A crime has been committed. Who is the murderer? Here is your chance to solve the crime! Night at the Museum Murder Mystery . Come and bring your detective friends!

Help spread the word on the new Ankeny SummerFest parade route!
06/04/2019

Help spread the word on the new Ankeny SummerFest parade route!

Help us spread the word about the changes to the SummerFest Grand Parade route!

The route is about the same length as previously. It now starts at at Southview Middle School, rejoins the previous route at First and Ash, and ends at Northview Middle School.

Registration is open for participants: http://bit.ly/2UYhiTA

06/03/2019
06/03/2019
Night at the Museum Murder Mystery

Based on a true event that happened in #ankeny

Join us in Uptown Ankeny this Wednesday June 5th, from 6pm-8pm and help us solve the mystery of a murdered Ankeny resident from the past and see how the local sheriff was able to find the murderer.

At the end of the night the local Sheriff will arrest the culprit! 🕵️‍♂️

See you WEDNESDAY!

05/30/2019

Bring your family to our Open House this Sunday, June 2, from 2:00pm-4:00pm and learn about Ankeny's amazing history! 🌺

Join us for our annual#icecream social June 23rd from 2pm-4pm! 🍦•More details of the event below! •⬇️⬇️⬇️
05/28/2019

Join us for our annual#icecream social June 23rd from 2pm-4pm! 🍦

More details of the event below!

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Thank you East Elementary Second Graders, teachers and parents for visiting us today!  We loved sharing Ankeny’s history...
05/23/2019

Thank you East Elementary Second Graders, teachers and parents for visiting us today! We loved sharing Ankeny’s history with you! ❤️

Join us June 5th 2019 from 6pm-8pm for a night full of fun and MYSTERY! 🕵️‍♀️
05/07/2019

Join us June 5th 2019 from 6pm-8pm for a night full of fun and MYSTERY! 🕵️‍♀️

Ankeny Area Historical Society
05/07/2019

Ankeny Area Historical Society

2019 Senior Service Day

2019 Senior Service Day
05/07/2019

2019 Senior Service Day

05/02/2019

Please join us at our Open House this Sunday, May 5th, from 2:00pm-4:00pm and learn about Ankeny's History - its amazing!

We are in need of a new roof for our house museum and need your help! Let's raise the roof together! 🙌
04/25/2019

We are in need of a new roof for our house museum and need your help!

Let's raise the roof together! 🙌

04/23/2019
04/23/2019

To all AAHS Members!
We will be having a Spring Cleaning Event here at the house and barn museums this Sunday, April 28th from 1:30 - 3:30pm. Bring some cleaning supplies if you can and help to make our museums sparkle for the upcoming open house and program events for the summer! ❤️

From Karla Wright, author of "Iowa's Devoted Daughter -- The Story of Miss Harriet Louise Ankeny and Her American Family...
04/15/2019

From Karla Wright, author of "Iowa's Devoted Daughter -- The Story of Miss Harriet Louise Ankeny and Her American Family":
If you are out and about tomorrow, Saturday, April 13th, please stop by the Ankeny Library and check out their annual local authors fair. I'll be there! --
Her book is also on sale at the Ankeny Area Historical Museum House, Tuesday's and Thursday"s.

04/03/2019
Lindsey Dacey, Realtor

Enjoyed doing this with you Lindsey!

Thank you for coming and spreading awareness of our event.

If you have not watched the video please do so! It tells you a little more about our event on Sunday.

You know what today is!

It's #whereaboutswednesday and I am with Kathey and Ober at the Ankeny Area Historical Society Barn! 🏠

In this video Kathy and Ober share a bit about the Barns of Iowa event and what is going on at the Ankeny Historical House.

Enjoy the video and show Ankeny Area Historical Society some support.

Want something interesting to do this weekend with the kiddos?

Come and learn some barn history this Sunday!

#C21VideoChallenge #local #ankeny

Have a birthday coming up? Celebrate it with us! 🎂Give us a call to reserve your special day at:☎️ (515) 965-5675
04/02/2019

Have a birthday coming up? Celebrate it with us! 🎂

Give us a call to reserve your special day at:

☎️ (515) 965-5675

Happy Birthday to our second barn birthday party girl! Isn’t she adorable?! 🎂❤️
03/25/2019

Happy Birthday to our second barn birthday party girl! Isn’t she adorable?! 🎂❤️

Great commentary with Ron Sampson. 😃
03/18/2019

Great commentary with Ron Sampson. 😃

First Barn Museum Birthday Party - Happy Birthday Will and Luke!
03/09/2019

First Barn Museum Birthday Party - Happy Birthday Will and Luke!

Join us on our Barns of Iowa event on Sunday April 7th at 1pm! Details below!
03/07/2019

Join us on our Barns of Iowa event on Sunday April 7th at 1pm!

Details below!

02/28/2019

Just a reminder...Due to the snow, ice and frigid temps, we have canceled the Open House this Sunday, March 3!

02/28/2019

This Saturday, March 2nd, at the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union's Championship game during the halftime of the 3:00pm game, the IGHSAU will be honoring the oldest living former basketball player from the State of Iowa. Five lovely ladies were nominated who still live in Ankeny. Three of the five will be in attendance at the game. They are honoring those who have been nominated that are 90 years young!
Those nominated are:
Dena Logli Randolph - Class of 1935 - 100 years young
Wilma Moore Cornwell - Class of 1935 - 99 years young
Marie Howard Ballard - Class of 1939 - 97 years young
Tina Gioffredi Battani - Class of 1942 - 95 years young
Mae Dean Blair Frisk - Class of 1943 - 93 years young
Wilma, Tina and Mae will be attending!
These are all great ladies and we are so fortunate to have them represented!
We are all Ankeny proud of them!

02/27/2019

Due to the snow, ice, and frigid temps, we are canceling our Open House on Sunday, March 3.
We hope to see you at our next Open House on Sunday, April 7!

02/22/2019

Thank you to all of our barn and house museum volunteers who work hard by donating time year round to keep our museums and grounds pristine and also by donating hours to attend meetings, create and promote programs and fundraising efforts! Your Ankeny Ancestors would be proud of the work you do to keep their history ongoing for future generations!

02/21/2019

Thank you for your membership and generous donations each year! Without you, we wouldn't be able to keep our doors open and preserve Ankeny's history for future generations to enjoy!
A reminder - we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

02/14/2019

Happy Valentines Day!
Stop by and see our Vintage Valentines! ❤️

02/10/2019

Ankeny Fun Facts...Did you know?...
John Fletcher Ankeny and his wife never lived in Ankeny, but resided in Des Moines. Mr. Ankeny passed away in 1886 and Mrs. Ankeny then liquidated her holdings in Ankeny.

We have something wonderful to share with you! You can now reserve the barn for children’s birthday parties! 🎂 That’s no...
02/05/2019

We have something wonderful to share with you!

You can now reserve the barn for children’s birthday parties! 🎂

That’s not all!

Now in the museum we are hosting kids camp! That way children will learn more about Ankeny’s rich history!

See the pictures for more information or call us at:

☎️ (515) 965-9795

02/02/2019

Come see our Vintage Valentines and tour our museum house and barn tomorrow, 2:00pm-4:00pm!

Come visit us on Sunday, February 3, from 2:00-4:00pm to see our Vintage Valentines from the early 1900s, 1920s, 30s, 40...
01/31/2019

Come visit us on Sunday, February 3, from 2:00-4:00pm to see our Vintage Valentines from the early 1900s, 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s! Also tour our historical house and barn museum - both are heated!

01/29/2019

Ankeny Fun Facts...Did You Know?...
The original plat of Ankeny’s eleven blocks was divided into 71 lots. This was the area from First Street on the north, the east side of Maple on the west, Fifth Street on the south and the west side of Walnut on the east. The balance of the 80 acres was divided into five Out Lots of various sizes.

01/29/2019

Due to the weather, we are canceling our Monthly Meeting this evening! Stay in, stay warm!

01/28/2019

Ankeny Fun Facts...Did You Know?
John Fletcher Ankeny was the founder of Ankeny. He bought the land that would become Ankeny on July 1, 1874 for $1,600. It was nearly one full year before he platted the town of Ankeny. The town of Ankeny came into official existence on April 19, 1875 and the plat was filed three days later.

01/22/2019

Due to the weather, our office will be closing this morning. Our monthly meeting tonight is canceled and rescheduled for Jan. 29.

01/15/2019

We are open Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00am-3:00pm to view Vintage Valentines through February!

01/06/2019

We are open today 2-4pm! Come see our Vintage Valentines!

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301 SW 3rd St
Ankeny, IA
50023

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