A historic photo of thirteen Des Moines Womens Club members seated together for a portrait.

Hoyt Sherman Place stood empty after Hoyt Sherman’s death until 1907 when members of Des Moines Women’s Club leased the home from the city for $1 per year.

Des Moines Women’s Club, founded in 1885, built a gallery adjacent to the mansion. The space became the first public art museum in Des Moines.

Hoyt Sherman Place is still home for Des Moines Women’s Club. They meet every Wednesday, October through May. For more information, visit their website.