History

In 1926 Mrs. Ruth Wallace Wijkman founded the Junior Social Service League of Des Moines with 10 charter members.  In 1931 they joined with the Association of Junior Leagues to become the Junior League of Des Moines, Inc.

For more than eighty-five years members of the Junior League of Des Moines have dedicated themselves building a better community in Des Moines.  From our beginning caring for and educating children recovering from diseases like rheumatic fever and polio at the Junior League Convalescent Home; to our wide-ranging efforts to expand the cultural opportunities for children in Des Moines through theater and radio programs, the Des Moines Art Center and Living History Farms; to taking up shovels and hammers to build a playground for kids at the South Side YMCA in 2010, JLDM members have always been ready to step up to a challenge.

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