Waukee Area Historical Society

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04/15/2020
Waukee Mayor Courtney Clarke

Waukee Mayor Courtney Clarke

Listen to what Waukee Mayor Courtney Clarke has to say about Waukee Area Christian Services.

04/15/2020
Michelle Rosel, Board President

Michelle Rosel, Board President

This is "Michelle Rosel, Board President" by Waukee Area Christian Services on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

04/12/2020
03/15/2020
03/11/2020
If your business would like to be a sponsor for our 9th Annual Alice's Spaghetti Land Dinner, please contact me by this ...
02/25/2020

If your business would like to be a sponsor for our 9th Annual Alice's Spaghetti Land Dinner, please contact me by this Friday 2/28 in order to get your logo on all the posters and table tents.

01/14/2020

The Waukee Area Historical Society will be holding a planning meeting this Thursday, 1/16 at the Waukee Public Library. This meeting will be focused on the upcoming Alice's Spaghetti Dinner. We are asking that if anyone would like to be on a committee for this event to please attend the meeting. Also, anyone that is interested in being on our board, we ask that you attend this meeting. It begins at 6:30pm and we try to keep the meetings to one hour but sometimes they may go 1 1/2 hours.

Waukee made history tonight.  The first female was sworn is as Mayor of Waukee - Mayor Courtney Clark!
01/06/2020

Waukee made history tonight. The first female was sworn is as Mayor of Waukee - Mayor Courtney Clark!

The Waukee Historical series that was scheduled for today has been postponed. We will get the new date out to you as soo...
10/06/2019

The Waukee Historical series that was scheduled for today has been postponed. We will get the new date out to you as soon as possible.

City of Waukee
07/29/2019

City of Waukee

Fleet Farm construction is progressing at 1300 SE Kettlestone Boulevard! Exterior concrete panels around the main store have been installed as well as a majority of the roof trusses. Concrete panels for the car wash are installed, and the fuel station canopy footings are being installed this week. The project is still on pace to open in April of 2020.

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.

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P. O. Box 358
Waukee, IA
50263

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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Today is the Chili Cook-Off at the Waukee Safety Building on LA Grant Parkway in Waukee, which is a fundraiser for the Waukee Leadership Institute Class Project from 2-4pm. The is a free will donation event. Sample various chili's made by the Fire Department, Police Department and the Leadership Institute and Class. Vote for you favorite by putting money in the boot or hat in front of the chili you like. Also, desserts available and games for kids. Also, it is the last day to purchase advance tickets to the Waukee Area Historical Society annual fundraiser - Alice's Spaghetti Land Dinner which is next Sunday, April 7th. See me at the Chili Cook-off for tickets to the dinner. The WAHS was the Waukee Leadership Institute Class project back in 2012. Please support both events.
Come out this Sunday to the Waukee Public Works department and sample various chili's made by the Firefighters/Police/Waukee Leadership. Vote for your favorite by putting money in the boot or hat in front of the chili you like best. Desserts also available for a free will donation. Activities for kids as well. 2-4pm
I assume from the uniforms and the women's clothing this was taken about 1918, but have no other information. Does anyone know anything about this photo?
This is a photo of the 3rd grade at Waukee Consolidated School, teacher Miss Julia Gustafson. The only child I know is my father, Burt Shannon, second from the right in the back row. I thought maybe someone could identify the other kids!
79 years ago to this day...from the publication the "Des Moines Tribune" on March 7, 1939. As most local historians know, John H. Carter was a grain dealer in Waukee during the late 1800s as co-owner of "Morris & Carters". He is better known for his hardware & implement business (combined with coal & grain dealing) under the company "J.H. Carter & Sons" from the 1900s to 1930s. J.H. Carter is buried alongside his wife Susan in the Waukee Cemetery. Waukee Area Historical Society
It was a great time yesterday for our Indoor Golf Outing. Thank you to all the sponsors, Echo Cookies, Willard Garage and Waukee Hardware as well as Broheims Indoor Golf and Pub. Also, a big thanks go out to all of our teams. Thank you for participating. Here are the results: Bronse medalist - 3rd place team - Team Echo, Doug Bryant and Steve Pick with a score of 72; Silver medalist - 2nd place team - Team Chicken Coop, Chad Anderson and John Cornish with a score of 71; Gold Medalist - 1st place team - The Beer Boys, Daniel Hays and Jared Johnson with a score of 69.
These Dallas County Boys HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIFE OR THEIR LIBERTY That YOU and Your Family May Live In A Free Country Dallas County News, Adel, Iowa, November 15, 1944 Top row: Carroll Dale Barnett--Prisoner of the Japanese since April, 1942. George Eversull--Dexter flyer who was killed in July, 1942. Jesse Hague--Adel man missing in action over New Guinea since September, 1942. Doyce Hardin--Redfield man killed in plane crash in January, 1943. Theora Burk--Minburn flyer killed in plane crash in Februarmy [sic], 1943. Harry Quinn--First Adel man killed in action. Died in Africa Feb. 2, 1943. Ora Ward--Dallas Conter boy, prisoner in Germany since April, 1943. Row 2: George Snyder--Died on shipboard in New York in May, 1942. Nile Kinnick--Killed in a plane crash into ocean June 2, 1943. Roy Pierce--Van Meter man who has been a German prisoner since July, 1943. Gene Tompkins--Adel flyer now a prisoner in neutral territory since September, 1943. Robert Garlock--Adel banker who lost life in Pacific in September, 1943. Channing Whitaker--Granger soldier killed in southwest Pacific in December, 1943. Marvin Smith--Waukee boy who has been a prisoner in Germany for about two yrs. Row 3: Walter Garner--First reported missing in action; now a prisoner in Germany. Bernell Rees--Dallas Center man who is a prisoner in a German camp. Derwood Macklin--Reported missing March 2, ‘42. Now a German prisoner. Ray West--Adel man, died from wounds in New Guinea, Aug. 9, 1944. Clint Glenn--Adel boy missing in action in France since July 23, 1944. Kenneth Hoy--Reported missing at sea in September, 1944. Phillip White--Granger man missing in action on August 22, 1944. Row 4: Robert Turner--Redfield man missing in action over Germany Sept. 13, 1944. Dale Wilson--Minburn man who has been a prisoner of the Japs since March, 1944. Chas. Liston--Missing in Asiatic area. Now a Jap prisoner. James Griffiths--Taken prisoner by the Germans in July, 1944. Frank Hawbaker--Dallas Center man killed in Italy June 28, 1944. Aaron Stump--Van Meter resident. Died from wounds in France, July 14, 1944. John L. Kaser--Adel lieutenant reported missing since sinking of the Princeton. Bottom: Pat Malone--Dallas Center soldier missing in action in Germany Oct. 14, 1944. Merlin Royer--Died of wounds received in Italy Nov. 6, at Clinton. Deal Ostrander--Dallas Center man killed in action in France on October 9. Otis E. Earp--Dexter man, died from wounds in France September 25, 1944. Elmer Pitzenbarger--Redfield youth, died in English hospital following plane crash.