Court History Projects

A mock trial is an interactive exercise in which students take on roles to act out a historical court case, as if they are part of the trial. Mock trials are an excellent opportunity for students to exercise court room decorum, develop public speaking skills, and learn about historically important cases through a memorable lesson.

Courthouse Construction

The United States Courthouse in Des Moines was constructed between 1927 and 1928. Des Moines Courthouse - History of Construction 1920s is a PowerPoint presentation showing many aspects of the construction and design, plus historic and current photographs of the Courthouse.