Westminster Presbyterian Church | Des Moines

Special Book Club Event

Special Book Club Event

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Coordinator: Jan Davison

Hear New Iowa Author Speak at Book Club Special Event


The Westminster Book Club invites you to a special gathering on Wednesday, October 24, featuring local author Louise Gately, who has just published her first book, Pursuit of a Dream – James Jordan: His Life and His Legacy. The book was written in collaboration with Westminster member Jan Davison, who served as editor.


This new book details the impressive but little-known story of James Jordan, the founder of Valley Junction, head of the Polk County Underground Railroad, and civic leader whose efforts forever changed the course of history in Des Moines and across Iowa. Louise’s extensive research has resulted in an enlightening narrative exploring Jordan’s ancestry, his early years in western Virginia, his trek west, his arrival in Iowa, and his influence here as a businessman and statesman. Louise and Jan will give an overview of the book and share their knowledge of this man of faith, integrity and accomplishment.


All are invited to attend this special gathering, which will be held in Simmerman Lounge at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24. Please join us!

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