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Cookie Sale 2012

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 Prairie Meadows

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 maintenance.

A check was presented to the Bill Agan, Barb Agan and Bonnie Ballard on May 16 at a reception at Prairie Meadows.


Unveiling of 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.


Annual Cookie Sale



The annual 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!


Program on Depression Glass

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.





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