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Wayne Robbins Barn

Urbandale Historical Society

The Urbandale Historical Society was organized in 1975 by a small group of residents meeting at the Urbandale Library and later at Olmsted School. The first presidents were Larry Hindert, Edwin Spiller, Robert Lamb, and Dave Hartsook. Madeline Kaloides took office in 1986.

In 1987 the property at 4010 70th Street was purchased from John Urban and restoration work began on what was to be known as the Olmsted-Urban House. Planning was needed for fund raising and grants. Many volunteers spent hours to preserve the House, organize materials and acquire memorabilia related to Urbandale’s history. After 13 years, Madeline chose to ‘retire’ and in May 2001 Wayne Robbins took on the role of president. Many other board members have worked for a number of years for the Society.

Financial support comes from member dues, donations, fundraising projects, and grants.  We have received Grant support over the years from BRAVO Greater Des Moines, Endow Urbandale, and Gabus Automotive Group. These funds are used for expenses, property maintenance, and programs in accordance with the purpose of the Urbandale Historical Society in this community.

Where to Find Us

The Urbandale Historical Society is located at 4010 - 70th St., Urbandale, Iowa 50322.

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