Waukee Area Historical Society

We are still looking for a few people who would like to join the WAHS to help with ideas and projects as we are trying t...
06/26/2019

We are still looking for a few people who would like to join the WAHS to help with ideas and projects as we are trying to grow! Please message us if you (or someone you know) would like to join!

06/21/2019

Enjoy this unedited full video of the 1969 Waukee Time Capsule Unveiling on June 1, 2019. Featuring speakers Waukee Mayor Bill Peard and Iowa State Senator Charles Schneider. Followed by unveiling of the 1969 Time Capsule and an interview with Terry Hogan Snyder.

The WAHS is looking to expand and needs a few good women and men to join our team. We schedule one meeting per month. If...
06/19/2019

The WAHS is looking to expand and needs a few good women and men to join our team. We schedule one meeting per month. If you, or someone you know, are interested in helping to preserve Waukee's history then please send us a message letting us know.

06/18/2019

1969 Time Capsule Unveiling on June 1, 2019 Highlight Reel!

Full video will be available for viewing at a later time.

Time capsule items are drying out nicely.
06/15/2019

Time capsule items are drying out nicely.

06/04/2019
2019 Cemetery Walk

Kelly Hammen Nizzi and her brother, Pat Hammen, speak about their Dad.

06/03/2019
2019 Cemetery Walk

Trisha Snyder was the first to speak at out annual Cemetery Walk.

A great turn out for the unearthing of the 1969 Time Capsule that was buried at the Triangle Park on Saturday Morning.  ...
06/03/2019

A great turn out for the unearthing of the 1969 Time Capsule that was buried at the Triangle Park on Saturday Morning. The rain stopped and the sunshine came out. Music was playing from 1969 all morning. Thank you to Waukee Mayor, Bill Peard and Senator Charles Schneider for participating in our program and reading your letters to the future Mayor of Waukee and Iowa Senator. We also received a letter from Governor Kim Reynolds to the Governor of Iowa in 100 years. Governor Reynolds also issued a Proclamation as well as Mayor Peard.

The time capsule was removed and open after the brief program. It seemed that most everything in the capsule was newspapers, telephone book, readers digest, pencil, a tie the men wore for the centennial celebration in 1969. Unfortunately, the capsule leaked and everything was wet, but we could read some of the newspapers. We will try to dry out as much as we can and see if we can pull the papers apart. There was centennial plate that was in there which had broken.

We have learned from this and we will seal, laminate every piece of paper that we put in the new capsule. We will announce the date and time when we bury the new capsule.

Thank you for everyone who came out. We still have commemorative shovels available. All proceeds to go the Waukee Area Historical Society

A great turn out for the unearthing of the 1969 Time Capsule that was buried at the Triangle Park on Saturday Morning. The rain stopped and the sunshine came out. Music was playing from 1969 all morning. Thank you to Waukee Mayor, Bill Peard and Senator Charles Schneider for participating in our program and reading your letters to the future Mayor of Waukee and Iowa Senator. We also received a letter from Governor Kim Reynolds to the Governor of Iowa in 100 years. Governor Reynolds also issued a Proclamation as well as Mayor Peard.

The time capsule was removed and open after the brief program. It seemed that most everything in the capsule was newspapers, telephone book, readers digest, pencil, a tie the men wore for the centennial celebration in 1969. Unfortunately, the capsule leaked and everything was wet, but we could read some of the newspapers. We will try to dry out as much as we can and see if we can pull the papers apart. There was centennial plate that was in there which had broken.

We have learned from this and we will seal, laminate every piece of paper that we put in the new capsule. We will announce the date and time when we bury the new capsule.

Thank you for everyone who came out. We still have commemorative shovels available. All proceeds to go the Waukee Area Historical Society

Our very own Terry Hogan Snyder shared this morning with the Rotary Club of Waukee all of the great things the historica...
05/30/2019

Our very own Terry Hogan Snyder shared this morning with the Rotary Club of Waukee all of the great things the historical society is up to at Celebrate Waukee and our annual cemetery walk this weekend!

05/28/2019
Waukee Area Historical Society
05/28/2019

Waukee Area Historical Society

05/28/2019
Just in: Commemorative Mini Shovels for the Unearthing of the 1969 Time Capsule.  We have a limited amount and will sell...
05/24/2019

Just in: Commemorative Mini Shovels for the Unearthing of the 1969 Time Capsule. We have a limited amount and will sell them for$10.00 each. If you would like one, please message me and I will put your name on the list. It will be first come, first serve.

05/08/2019

Calling all Waukee citizens!
You won’t want to miss this exciting event and be a part of the history of Waukee!

June 1st at 10:30am the Waukee Area Historical Society (WAHS) along with the City of Waukee will be opening the time capsule that was buried at the triangle park in 1969. What did the citizens of Waukee want us to know about 1969? Come see!

Get involved- Help add to our Waukee history!
A new capsule will be buried to be opened in 100 years (2119). What would you like to see in the new time capsule? Donate an item to the WAHS that reflects our time in Waukee right now and it may be chosen to be placed in the time capsule! If your item isn’t chosen it will be archived by the WAHS for our future museum. Items can be dropped off at the Waukee library every Sunday from 1 to 3pm. Last day of collection will be May 26th. If you cannot make any of these dates and have some items, please contact the WAHS and we will arrange to pick them up.

Special note to Students! Put your creativity to work and make your mark on history! Submit a letter to the future students of 2119 and tell them what life is like in school today or write a short essay predicting what you think life will be like in 100 years. This is open to all students through high school and the Time Capsule Committee will select one or two to go into the time capsule. A gift card to Palms Theatre’s will be awarded for the chosen letters.

For more information contact: Terry @ 515-987-5308 or [email protected]

05/08/2019

The Waukee Area Historical Society is looking for someone who would like to speak about a family member buried at the Waukee cemetery on Sunday June 2nd from 2-3pm for their annual Cemetery Walk. Do you know someone who could talk about 10-15 minutes about their family? Have an interesting family history? Let us know!

04/28/2019

Celebrate Waukee and the Bacoon Ride is coming up. We are in need of a small refrigerated trailer to keep the beer cold until needed in the beer garden. Does anyone have one or knows someone that has one?

Waukee Police Department
04/11/2019

Waukee Police Department

We will be serving up some free grub at Texas Roadhouse - Urbandale - Johnston today to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Iowa! Stop by between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free will donations are gladly accepted!

Thanks you to all 600 hundred people who came out on a beautiful Sunday to Support the Waukee Area Historical Society.  ...
04/08/2019

Thanks you to all 600 hundred people who came out on a beautiful Sunday to Support the Waukee Area Historical Society. This is our annual fundraiser. A BIG thanks go out to Jim Nizzi and the Nizzi family that helps make this fundraiser a big success. See yall next year. Feel free to tag yourself.

Thanks you to all 600 hundred people who came out on a beautiful Sunday to Support the Waukee Area Historical Society. This is our annual fundraiser. A BIG thanks go out to Jim Nizzi and the Nizzi family that helps make this fundraiser a big success. See yall next year. Feel free to tag yourself.

Please vote today. Vote everyday for the WAHS now thru April 7th. The more votes we get the better chance we have to rec...
04/02/2019
Veridian Gives Back: Waukee

Please vote today. Vote everyday for the WAHS now thru April 7th. The more votes we get the better chance we have to receive one of the 3 grants that Veridan will be giving to 3 non-profits in Waukee. This money will go into our Museum Fund.

Veridian Credit Union is proud to be a part of the Waukee community. To celebrate the opening of our newest branch, we're asking community members to help us select three local nonprofits to receive a donation of up to $2,500.

This is wonderful and the timing could not be better! See you at the WAHS Alice's Spaghetti Land dinner Sunday!
04/02/2019
The 41 bygone Des Moines restaurants diners miss the most

This is wonderful and the timing could not be better! See you at the WAHS Alice's Spaghetti Land dinner Sunday!

After receiving more than 100 suggestions from readers, these 41 closed restaurants have been identified as the most iconic in Des Moines' rich culinary history.

Veridian Credit Union
04/01/2019
Veridian Credit Union

Veridian Credit Union

To celebrate the opening of our Waukee branch, we’re asking community members to help select three local nonprofits to receive a donation up to $2,500. Vote daily until April 7 by clicking below.

Here are the organizations that are vying for your votes:

* Dallas County Habitat for Humanity
* Raccoon River Valley Trail Association
* Waukee Area Arts Council
* Waukee Area Historical Society
* Waukee Betterment Foundation
* Waukee Community Closet
* Waukee Family YMCA
* Waukee Public Library

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04/01/2019
Veridian Credit Union

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To celebrate the opening of our Waukee branch, we’re asking community members to help select three local nonprofits to receive a donation up to $2,500. Vote daily until April 7 by clicking below.

Here are the organizations that are vying for your votes:

* Dallas County Habitat for Humanity
* Raccoon River Valley Trail Association
* Waukee Area Arts Council
* Waukee Area Historical Society
* Waukee Betterment Foundation
* Waukee Community Closet
* Waukee Family YMCA
* Waukee Public Library

I love Alice's Spaghettiland
03/27/2019

I love Alice's Spaghettiland

I've been slipping and not getting info out to all of you! Time is running out - we have through SUNDAY to purchase tickets for the Alice's Spaghetti Land dinner! Remember, this is a fundraiser for the Waukee Area Historical Society and we need to give Jim as much notice as possible to know how many people he is cooking for! You can purchase them online at https://waukee-area-historical-society.myshopify.com/ or can go to Waukee Hardware, Jane & Friends, Echo's Cookies and the Waukee Library! We hope to see you again this year!

Good morning! Do you have something that you would like to know more about? Driven past a building and wondered about it...
03/02/2019

Good morning! Do you have something that you would like to know more about? Driven past a building and wondered about it? Wanted to know more about someone who has been in Waukee for a long time? Wondered who owned "the buffalo" outside of town? Let us know and we will research topics of interest for you!

Enjoying the WAHS activities??  Text WAHS to (515) 207-8900 and we will send you a reminder so you won't miss out on any...
02/20/2019

Enjoying the WAHS activities?? Text WAHS to (515) 207-8900 and we will send you a reminder so you won't miss out on any of our events!

Dinner tickets for the Alice's Spaghettiland fund raiser for the WAHS are now available!  You can purchase your tickets ...
02/15/2019
Home - Waukee History

Dinner tickets for the Alice's Spaghettiland fund raiser for the WAHS are now available! You can purchase your tickets at the following 5 locations: Waukee Hardware store, Echo's Cookies, Jane & Friends Hair Salon, Waukee Library and online at http://waukeehistory.org/. The dinner is being held Sunday, Apr 7th from 5-7pm at St Boniface Catholic Church. Hope we see you there!

Did you know that the WAHS hosts events all year long? We have had the Historical Series, Alice's Spaghettiland dinner, ...
02/15/2019

Did you know that the WAHS hosts events all year long? We have had the Historical Series, Alice's Spaghettiland dinner, a bike ride, a Charter bus tour, indoor golf tournament and other fun events and we have more plans for this year! We can send you text notifications when we have events coming up, just text WAHS to (515) 207-8900 so we can get you added!

02/11/2019

Have you, or do you know someone who has been a long-time citizen of Waukee? Would you/they like to be a member of a panel to reminisce and answer questions about the history of Waukee? We are trying to find people who would enjoy talking as a part of a panel this June about living and growing up in Waukee! Please contact us if you know someone! Thank you!

Don't forget who you are!
02/02/2019

Don't forget who you are!

01/26/2019

Story time - did you know that Waukee once had an establishment that hosted famous entertainers? Looking for someone who can fill in the details. Once known as Andy's Pizza, it was then purchased by Jack and Tillie Jackson and became known as The Golden Spur on Highway 6/Hickman Rd. Share your stories or pictures!

01/01/2019
12/15/2018

Waukee Friday Trivia

Waukee trivia buffs may like this one? How well do you know our Waukee Street names?

University Ave in Waukee is the division line for these two street names. The road/street goes north and south. North at Interstate 80 and South at Hickman and a tad bit to the North in Waukee past Hy-Vee.

Side note. This road/street also has a Clive name and an Urbandale as well. It resides in all three cities.

A. Warrior Lane and LA Grant (L.A. Grant)
B. Ashworth Rd and LA Grant (L.A. Grant)
C. Grand Prairie Pkwy and SE Alice's Rd

Hint: Let me know, if you need one. 😊

We hope you have a good weekend.

Waukee Parks and Recreation
12/12/2018

Waukee Parks and Recreation

Waukee's annual WinterFest celebration was held Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. Mayor Peard, Santa Claus, Waukee Parks & Recreation, Waukee Park Board, Downtown Triangle Businesses, the Waukee Area Arts Council, Charter Bank, mi-fiber.net and hundreds of visitors rang in the holiday season in style!

City of Waukee
12/11/2018

City of Waukee

Congratulations to the Waukee Community School District on breaking ground for its second high school! The high school is expected to open in the fall of 2021 in northern Waukee. More information about the project can be found here: https://2ndhs.waukeeschools.org/

The City's Youth Sports Complex & Park will be built adjacent to the high school with an expected opening in 2022. Learn more: http://bit.ly/youthsportscomplex

We have the pleasure and good fortune to be able to share these two Railroad pictures with you today.   Photos courtesy ...
12/10/2018

We have the pleasure and good fortune to be able to share these two Railroad pictures with you today. Photos courtesy of Mildred Carlson. See the captions for details. Look for part Two Mildred Carlson Railroad Telegrapher to PhD in the next Waukee Living Magazine.

Waukee Friday Trivia Did you know that Waukee has a cold case? What year was Emma Lewis murdered?  She was an 80 year ol...
12/08/2018

Waukee Friday Trivia

Did you know that Waukee has a cold case?
What year was Emma Lewis murdered? She was an 80 year old widow. For more information you can read the Des Moines Register's article written by Gene Erb titled
The killing of a 'sweet Lady'. Or iowacoldcases.org DCI Case # 76-00804

A. 1976
B. 1977
C. 1978

If you have any information about Emma Lewis’s unsolved murder please contact one of the following agencies:

Dallas County Sheriff’s Office at 515-993-4771, email [email protected]
Waukee Police Department at 515-978-7979, email [email protected]
Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at 515-725-6010, email [email protected]

May she be resting in peace.

12/06/2018
State Historical Society of Iowa

State Historical Society of Iowa

Iowans, perhaps more than Americans in any other state, get to know presidents face-to-face, thanks to our first-in-the-nation caucuses. With the recent death of President George H. W. Bush, we remember how Iowans shaped his career -- and how he shaped history.
#iowaculture #iowahistory

12/05/2018

Reminders for Year-End Giving to our Waukee Area Historical Society Endow Iowa fund.

It is our privilege to partner with Greater Des Moines Community Foundation to assist our donors in supporting our mission for generations to come.

The Community Foundation can accept a variety of assets to support our endowment, based on your ability and desire to give.

Please consider how you can help us support our mission for years to come.

To CONTRIBUTE to our WAHS endowment fund here are some options. Don't forget to act prior to December 31, 2018, to receive benefits of giving for 2018.

Cash: Please mail checks to the Community Foundation at 1915 Grand Avenue in Des Moines by December 31 or make a gift online by midnight on December 31.

Stock: You can make a transfer of securities electronically so we recieve them by December 31. Be sure to allow seven to 10 days to complete the stock transfer in advance of year-end.

IRA Charitable Rollover: Donors 70 1/2 and older can transfer up to $100,000 annually from IRA accounts to public charities without being subject to federal income taxes on the distribution. Gifts may also qualify for the Endow Iowa Tax Credit, a 25% state tax credit.

Real Estate: Deliver the executed deed by December 31, in most states. Contact our Community Foundation team today to begin the planning process to take advantage of this opportunity to support us.

Endow Iowa Tax Credit Reminder:
If you have made an Endow Iowa qualified contribution? Please submit the completed Endow Iowa Tax Credit application you received in the mail to the Community Foundation as soon as possible. As a reminder, all 2018 Endow Iowa Tax Credits have been awarded. Endow Iowa qualified contributions made now are first in line for 2019 tax credits.

If you have any questions regarding giving to our Waukee Area Historical Society Endowment please Contact Ryan Crane, CAP® Director of Charitable Giving at
515-447-4204

Thank you for considering WAHS in your year end giving. We've made it easy with this link. ~Sue Ellen

https://dmf.iphiview.com/dmf/DonateNow/tabid/542/dispatch/contribution_id$166076_hash$c707e39f2c9591a348959b1211c97936085082db/Default.aspx

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P. O. Box 358
Waukee, IA
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