The West Des Moines Historical Society and the United States District Court, Southern District of Iowa, will be celebrating the Naturalization of approximately 66 new American citizens, representing 23 countries, Friday, June 1 at the historic Jordan House, 2001 Fuller Road in West Des Moines. The official court session will open at 11 a.m. and last approximately one hour. Candidates for citizenship are expected to arrive by 10 a.m. Featured speakers include 2018 West Des Moines Emerging Citizen of the Year and James Jordan Scholar JJ Kapur, himself a child of immigrants and passionate educator about equality and freedom.
The District Court is bringing their monthly Naturalization ceremony to the Jordan House for the 4th time, stating that the history of James Jordan and his work as the Chief Conductor for Polk County as part of the Underground Railroad is reflected in the desire for these new citizens, many of them refugees from war, for the freedom and equality afforded all Americans.
This program is not open to the public, but we invite the media to share in this touching and positive event. More complete details, including a list of countries of origin for the new citizens, will be available the morning of June 1.