Ankeny Area Historical Society Receives Polk
County Community Betterment Grant
Polk County Supervisor E. J. Giovannetti presented the Ankeny
Area Historical Society with a Polk County Community Betterment
Grant check for $2,500 on May 22. The money will be used to
purchase mannequins for the Ordnance Plant and Ankeny Schools
displays, portable DVD players to show how a mangle iron works
and what mining was like in Iowa. The money will also be used
for our store display.
Photo: l-r: Supervisor E. J. Giovannetti, Barb Agan, Joyce
Lundstrom, and Roger Spahr
Historical Society Receives Grant from
The Ankeny Area Historical Society also received a 2011
Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant for $1110. The
money was used to buy a new copier and to pay for two years
A check was presented to the Bill Agan, Barb Agan and
Bonnie Ballard on May 16 at a reception at Prairie Meadows.
Ordnance Plant Display
Grant Received from John Deere
Front row: Tina Battani,
Bonnie Ballard, Norma Righi, Marge Swartfager
Back row: JoAnn Adamson, Barb
Agan, Joyce Lundstrom, Roger Spahr and John Teeple
On October 26, the Ankeny Area Historical Society
received a $5,000 donation from John Deere Des Moines Works. The
donation will be used for a permanent and traveling displays about
the Des Moines Ordnance Plant and how it effected the world with the
making of .30 and .50 caliber bullets for World War II and the
effect it had on the little town of Ankeny, population 700. Also as
part of the display, the John Deere Des Moines Works story and how
it has influenced central Iowa and Ankeny will also be told.
Presenting the check to the Historical Society
from the John Deere Des Moines Works were Factory Manager, John
Teeple and Kate Ferree, manager of Program Development.
Cookie Sale was a great success again this year. We sold
78 tickets for 156 dozen cookies. People had so many
cookies to choose from it was hard to make a choice.
Thank you to all who baked cookies for the sale and to
all of you who bought 1,872 cookies. Be sure and save
one or two of those cookies for Santa!
We would like to thank Jeff Settell for his program on
Depression Glass that was given on September 10, here at
our museum. Jeff is a member of the Iowa Depression
Glass Club. You can see some of Jeff’s glass on display
here at the Ankeny Area Historical Society on Sunday,
October 4 and November 1 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Spring Tea Luncheon – April 25
24 guests at the annual tea enjoyed a luncheon of
Quiche and ham balls.