History Series Overview

The History Series at Salisbury House is an educational and cultural program for all ages. In addition to the evening lectures, The Salisbury House Foundation works with the Des Moines Public Schools to sponsor an interactive session between the historian and talented and gifted high school students, scheduled in conjunction with each presentation in this lecture series. Students are given materials in advance. This program provides students with a rare opportunity to delve deeper into the historian's subject.

The Salisbury House Foundation invites you to share in this extraordinary experience. Tickets are limited so your early advance reservation is suggested.

The History Series is possible thanks to the generous support of Harry Bookey and Pamela Bass-Bookey, and Fred and Charlotte Hubbell. Special thanks to Rick and Liz Neumann.

The Salisbury House

Created by Carl and Edith Weeks during the Roaring Twenties, this American castle was modeled after King's House in Salisbury, England. The mansion contains nearly 10,000 objects collected by the Weeks, many of historical significance. Examples include the rafters that date to the time of Shakespeare, a one-of-a-kind Steinway Piano and an impressive collection of rare books and letters.

Carl and Edith Weeks loved literature, art and history and used their affluence gained through the marketing of Carl's cosmetic formulas to indulge their passion. The Weeks' filled their home with treasures from around the world, and planned that one day these objects, and the historical mansion itself, would be visited, researched and admired by people of all ages.