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 Ankeny Through The Decades


Open Houses: Tour our museums the first Sunday of each month April to November

from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Or by appointment.   

Dates to Remember

February 28 *

Regular Meeting 7:00 pm

March 28 *

Regular Meeting 7:00 pm

April 2

Dedication of dining room in memory of Joyce Lundstrum. 2:00 pm

April 2

Open House

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

April 7

Tea 2:00 pm

April 25 *

Board Meeting 6:00 pm

April 25 *

Regular Meeting 7:00 pm

* Meetings are held in the house museum basement at 301 SW 3rd St.



As compiled by members of the Ankeny Area Historical Society


Ankeny’s history runs deep. As citizens of our community, the here and now is where we live and at present understand. But, Ankeny’s history gives us a sense of where we have been and how we have gotten to the here and now. As we know, Ankeny has not always been the community of 50,000-plus it currently is.

Residents, organizations, and businesses have come and gone through the years. Government structures and purposes have changed. Styles of automobiles, hair, clothing, and uniforms are different than found in decades since past. Yet, without its past, Ankeny would have never achieved its present and its future.

So, the Ankeny Area Historical Society is beginning a monthly news article entitled, “Ankeny Through the Decades.” The goal of this monthly article is to educate the residents of the Ankeny Area to the history of our community. To do this, members of the Ankeny Area Historical Society are reviewing articles from Ankeny’s newspapers that have existed, The Ankeny Times, Ankeny Today, and the Ankeny Press Citizen. The beginning editions in this series will highlight events from the 1940s, 1960s, and 1990s. The article summaries shared should rekindle memories past for Ankeny senior citizens and, hopefully, educate Ankeny’s newer members to how their current community developed and grew. Some articles will recollect events that have had both state and national ramifications. Other articles will focus on local issues that have impacted Ankeny residents on a more personal level.  A variety of happenings will be highlighted to help you understand the depth and breadth of Ankeny history.

The Ankeny Area Historical Society has an extensive library of old newspapers, but our collection is far from complete. If you have artifacts such as older newspapers and magazines that have historical value and you are wondering what to do with them, please consider donating them to the Ankeny Area Historical Society for preservation.  These artifacts would help complement the history on display at the museum and be available for research and education. Contact history@ankenyhistorical.org to become a member.


Go to “Ankeny Through The Decades” page to read the articles we have selected.  We hope you enjoy this feature.




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

Ankeny Area Historical Society
301 SW Third St., PO Box 1111
Ankeny, IA 50021
Phone: (515) 965-5795
Email: history@ankenyhistorical.org