City Hall Centennial

On Monday, June 14, 2010 a ceremony was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of the Des Moines City Hall.

The celebration included the opening of the time capsule that was sealed June 14, 1910 and was attended by City Council members, Mayor Frank Cownie and descendents of James Hanna, who was the mayor in 1910.


The program took place in The Long Look Garden on the west façade of the City Hall and included reenactment and speeches by present day officials. Some city employees were dressed in early 1900’s costumes to represent the mayor and council of 1910 and melodies were performed by musicians from the Music Under the Stars Band. Frank Hanna and Carolyn (Hanna) Snell, descendants of 1910 Mayor James Hanna were in attendance with photographs and memorabilia. Also, member of the Company “A” 49th Regiment Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry were on hand in full Civil War uniform dress to share their story with the public.

Members of the public are invited to share their ideas on what to place inside of a time capsule that will be sealed inside City Hall for the next 100 years. With the next time capsule the City wants the contents to tell the story of the community, its culture and successes. Please share your suggestions here.