Urbandale Through the Years


Single Day Event: Monday, September 18, 1:30–3 PM

Location: Olmsted-Urban House (Handicap Accessible), 4010 70th Street, Urbandale

Cost: $12

Class Limit: 25

This event will require extended standing and walking on uneven ground.


An Urbandale Historical Society volunteer will discuss aspects of the century-old community’s growth. It expanded from a farming area of several hundred people at the end of the streetcar line to a current population of over 40,000. Many of the furnishings and memorabilia in the ten-room Olmsted-Urban House reflect life in the ’20s and ’30s. Those interested may tour the house and visit the Wayne Robbins Barn with its collection of farm tools, dairy equipment, and other items of importance to farm families.


Instructor Virginia Gee local historian, has been active with the Urbandale Historical Society for over 25 years. She has organized much of the Society’s printed material, prepares newsletters for members, and presents programs for visiting school groups and organizations.

2500 FLEUR DR, DES MOINES, IA  50321 |  (515) 244–0631  |  E-MAIL US!


NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS: Senior College of Greater Des Moines, Inc. admits students of any age, race, disability, sexual orientation, creed, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, disability, sexual orientation, creed, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its policies and procedures.