Adult Education Programs - Living History Farms

Adult Education Programs

adult education classes

Classes are presented by Living History Farms staff. Registration opens at 9am on December 8, and ends one week prior to the class.

Winter-Spring Class Schedule

Cooking Classes

DATE TIME CLASS LOCATION
Saturday, February 4 9:30am-12:30pm SOLD OUT Basics of Wood Stove Cooking Tangen Home
Sunday, February 5 12:30-3:30pm Death by Chocolate - Victorian Style Tangen Home
Saturday, February 11 9:30am-12:30pm 19th Century Bread Baking Tangen Home
Saturday, February 18 9:30am-12:30pm Cast Iron in a Modern Kitchen Conference Center
Saturday, February 25 9:30am-12:30pm Classic Comfort Foods Tangen Home
Sunday, March 5 12:30-3:30pm Basics of Wood Stove Cooking Tangen Home
Thursday, March 9 5:30-8:30pm Pies and Pastries Tangen Home
Sunday, March 12 12:30-3:30pm Classic Comfort Foods Tangen Home
Thursday, March 23 5:30-8:30pm Sourdough Bread Tangen Home
Sunday, March 26 12:30-3:30pm 19th Century Breadbaking Tangen Home
Thursday, April 6 5:30-8:30pm Norwegian Baked Goods Tangen Home
Saturday, April 8 9:00am-1:00pm SOLD OUT Basics of Pioneer Hearth Cooking 1850 Pioneer Farm

 

Trades and Other Classes

DATE TIME CLASS LOCATION
Friday, February 10 6:00-8:30pm Victorian Date Night Flynn Mansion
Saturday, March 25 9:00am-noon SOLD OUT Blacksmithing Basics Blacksmith
Saturday, March 25 1:00-4:00pm Blacksmithing: Females at the Forge Blacksmith
Saturday, April 1 9:00am-noon SOLD OUT Blacksmithing Basics Blacksmith
Saturday, April 1 1:00-4:30pm SOLD OUT Blacksmithing: Decorative Home Items Blacksmith
Saturday, April 8 9:00am-noon Just Added! Blacksmithing Basics Blacksmith
Saturday, April 8 1:00-5:00pm SOLD OUT Blacksmithing: Make a Camp Tripod Blacksmith
Saturday, April 22 9:00am-noon Basic Draft Horse Driving 1900 Farm
Saturday, April 22 1:30-4:30pm Intermediate Draft Horse Driving 1900 Farm

 

Registration opens at 9am on December 8, 2016.
Registration for each class ends one week prior.

Cooking Classes

Basics of Wood Stove Cooking

DATE TIME
Saturday, February 4, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

9:30am-12:30PM

12:30-3:30PM

LOCATION FEE # PARTICIPANTS RESTRICTIONS
Tangen Home - Meet at Visitor Center

$60.00
Members receive 15% off

Minimum: 3, Maximum: 5 18 and older


Do you have a wood-burning stove at home that you’d like to cook on, but have no prior knowledge of how to do it? Do you just want to try cooking like your great-grandparents? Roll up your sleeves and make beef stew, a vegetable side dish, bread, and a cake. Participants will learn the design of the wood-stove and how to properly use it. After the meal is prepared, sit down to enjoy the food and ask last minute questions. Make sure to bring containers in which to take home left over goodies! Advance registration required in order to have enough food! The cost of materials is included in the cost of class. And, yes, you will get recipes to take home and try!

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Death by Chocolate - Victorian Style

DATE TIME
Sunday, February 5, 2017

12:30-3:30PM

LOCATION FEE # PARTICIPANTS RESTRICTIONS
Tangen Home - Meet at Visitor Center

$60.00
Members receive 15% off

Minimum: 3, Maximum: 5 18 and older


Just in time for Valentine's Day! Join us for a sweet look at Victorian chocolate treats. Chocolate was less common in the 19th century, but there were still cakes, sauces, and other delicious chocolatey treats to be had. After creating several treats, sit down to enjoy them with fellow classmates. Make sure to bring containers to take any extra goodies home. Advance registration required to have enough food! The cost of materials is included in the cost of the class. 

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19th Century Bread Baking

DATE TIME

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017

9:30AM-12:30PM

12:30-3:30PM

LOCATION FEE # PARTICIPANTS RESTRICTIONS
Tangen Home - Meet at Visitor Center

$60.00
Members receive 15% off

Minimum: 3, Maximum: 5 18 and older


Do you need a refresher course on making bread from scratch? Would you like to try baking in a wood-burning stove? If so, try your hand at biscuits, yeast bread, and cinnamon rolls in a 1875-era farm kitchen while learning the history of bread making. Afterwards, sit around the table and enjoy your creations. Make sure to bring containers to take home leftover food, as well as an apron and a water bottle. Recipes and the cost of materials are included in the cost of the class. Advance registration is required in order to have enough food!

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Cast Iron in a Modern Kitchen

DATE TIME

Saturday, February 18, 2017

9:30AM-12:30PM

LOCATION FEE # PARTICIPANTS RESTRICTIONS
Conference Center

$65.00
Members receive 15% off

Minimum: 4, Maximum: 6 18 and older


Virtually indestructible, cast iron cookware was a staple of 19th century kitchens. The original non-stick pan, a well-cared for cast iron skillet is one of the most versatile tools in any kitchen - including today's. Come learn how to make use of your great grandma's skillets and kettles on your gas or electric stove. You will explore different cooking techniques while baking cornbread, braising and searing meats, making gravy, roasting and steaming seasonal vegetables, and frying some delicious fritters. Enjoy the dinner you've prepared and learn how to properly season and care for your cast iron items. Feel free to bring your cast iron cookware along, and bring an apron and a water bottle. This class will be taught in a modern kitchen. Advance registration is required in order to have enough food! The cost of materials is included in the cost of the class.

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Classic Comfort Foods

DATE TIME

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

9:30AM-12:30PM

12:30-3:30PM

LOCATION FEE # PARTICIPANTS RESTRICTIONS
Tangen Home - Meet at Visitor Center

$60.00
Members receive 15% off

Minimum: 3, Maximum: 5 18 and older


Join us for some “stick to your ribs” comfort food. Participants will learn the art of making homemade noodles and other quick comfort dishes at the Victorian Tangen Home. Everything will be cooked or baked on a wood stove in the 1875 period kitchen. At the end of class, everyone will sit down to enjoy a late supper of their culinary creations. Recipes will be provided. Advance registration required in order to have enough food! The cost of materials is included in the cost of class.

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Pies & Pastries

DATE TIME

Thursday, March 9, 2017

5:30-8:30PM

LOCATION FEE # PARTICIPANTS RESTRICTIONS
Tangen Home - Meet at Visitor Center

$60.00
Members receive 15% off

Minimum: 3, Maximum: 5 18 and older


Nothing smells better than fresh baked pies and pastries coming from the oven! Using recipes from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, make pies and pastries by hand, and bake them in the wood-fired oven of the 1875-era Tangen Home. As you work, learn how to adapt a historic recipe for use in today's kitchens. At the end of class, sit down around the table to enjoy your creations. Bring an apron and containers to take home leftovers. Advance registration required in order to have enough food! The cost of materials is included in the cost of class.

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Sourdough Bread

DATE TIME

Thursday, March 23, 2017

5:30-8:30PM

LOCATION FEE # PARTICIPANTS RESTRICTIONS
1900 Farm - Meet at Conference Center

$65.00
Members receive 15% off

Minimum: 3, Maximum: 5 18 and older


Ever wonder what makes bread rise? Come and learn the science of leavening while baking a loaf of sourdough bread in a wood-fired oven. Create other tasty treats while working in a kitchen typical of a farmhouse in 1900. Learn about the history of sourdough and the different uses for it. Bring an apron, water bottle, and container to take home some sourdough starter for your kitchen. Advance registration required in order to have enough food! All recipes and cost of materials are included in cost of class.

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Norwegian Baked Goods

DATE TIME

Thursday, April 6, 2017

5:30-8:30PM

LOCATION FEE # PARTICIPANTS RESTRICTIONS
Tangen Home - Meet at Visitor Center

$60.00
Members receive 15% off

Minimum: 3, Maximum: 5 18 and older


Discover how to make Norwegian baked goods as they would have been prepared in the 19th century, Bake traditional Norwegian treats in a wood-fired oven, and learn the history of Norwegian cuisine. Recipes used in the class have been handed down through several generations in the same family, and will include: flatbrod (traditional unleavened bread), kringla (traditional Norwegian cookie), kaffekranze (a type of coffee cake), and rugbrod (a rye bread). Eat your handiwork at the end of class, and bring containers to take home leftovers. Recipes will be provided. Advance registration required in order to have enough food! The cost of materials is included in the cost of class.

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SOLD OUT - Basics of Pioneer Hearth Cooking

DATE TIME

Saturday, April 8, 2017

9:00AM-1:00PM

LOCATION FEE # PARTICIPANTS RESTRICTIONS
1850 Pioneer Farm - Meet at Conference Center

$80.00
Members receive 15% off

Minimum: 3, Maximum: 5 18 and older


Ever wonder how new settlers in Iowa cooked without a stove? Learn the basics of hearth cooking, while exploring how new settlers in Iowa produced, prepared, and preserved food. Participants will use 1850s era recipes to make their lunch. While your meal is cooking, tour the 1850 Pioneer Farm. After eating the meal and cleaning up, everyone will go home with copies of recipes and information on how to care for their cast iron cooking utensils. Dress for being on a farm, and for cooking! Part of the class will be outside while you tour the farm. Bring an apron and a water bottle. Advance registration required in order to have enough food! The cost of materials is included in the cost of class. Note: You will be eating your meal around 12:30PM, so please plan accordingly.

This class is sold out. Call 515-278-5286 ext. 110 to be put on a waitlist.

 

Trades and Other Classes

Victorian Date Night

DATE TIME

Friday, February 10, 2017

6:00-8:30PM

LOCATION FEE # PARTICIPANTS RESTRICTIONS
Flynn Mansion - Meet at Visitor Center

$60.00/pair
Members receive 15% off

Minimum: 4 pairs, Maximum: 5 pairs 18 and older


Experience the romance of the Victorian era in this class! Join us for a Victorian Date Night at the 1875 era Tangen Home. This class is designed for courting couples whether you're 20 or 50 or 80 - or pairs of sentimental friends or family members! Explore tastes and appetizer bites of foods considered to be aphrodisiacs throughout history. Design and paste together vintage-style valentine cards and write a "Penny Dreadful" poem for each other to go inside. Enjoy chaperoned parlor games with <gasp> kissing forfeits! Practice sending secret love messages with fan flirting, gloves, and flowers. Take a light-hearted look at proper Victorian courting etiquette - and go home with advice from famous love letters and historic sources.

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Additional Session Added! - Blacksmithing Basics

DATE TIME

Saturday, March 25, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, April 1, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

9:00AM-noon

9:00AM-noon

9:00AM-noon

LOCATION FEE # PARTICIPANTS RESTRICTIONS
Blacksmith - Meet at Visitor Center

$60.00
Members receive 15% off

Minimum: 3, Maximum: 5 18 and older


The class is designed to give someone with little or no metal working skills as a hands-on, fun "be a blacksmith for a day" experience. Explore the basics of forge work in a blacksmith shop while making a decorative iron project to take home. Topics will include safety, tools, and equipment, and beginning techniques for shaping metal. Small class size guarantees lots of one-on-one instruction and lots of time at the forge! Dress for working in a shop with a dirt floor, and for the weather (the shop is heated by a wood-burning stove only!). Bring eye protection and a water bottle. The cost of materials is included in the cost of the class. No one under 18 for safety reasons.

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Blacksmithing: Females at the Forge

DATE TIME

Saturday, March 25, 2017

1:00-4:00PM

LOCATION FEE # PARTICIPANTS RESTRICTIONS
Blacksmith - Meet at Visitor Center

$60.00
Members receive 15% off

Minimum: 3, Maximum: 5 18 and older


Ladies, never worked in a blacksmith shop? No problem! Bring your girlfriends and learn the basic tools and techniques of blacksmithing as you make a few decorative items for your home. Topics will include safety, tools, and equipment, and beginning techniques for shaping metal. Small class size guarantees lots of one-on-one instruction and lots of time at the forge! Dress for working in a shop with a dirt floor, and for the weather (the shop is heated by a wood-burning stove only!). Bring eye protection and a water bottle. The cost of materials is included in the cost of the class. No one under 18 for safety reasons.

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SOLD OUT - Blacksmithing: Items for the Home

DATE TIME

Saturday, April 1, 2017

1:00-4:30PM

LOCATION FEE # PARTICIPANTS RESTRICTIONS
Blacksmith - Meet at Visitor Center

$60.00
Members receive 15% off

Minimum: 3, Maximum: 5 18 and older


Participants will have the opportunity to make at least two of the following decorative projects for the home: candleholders, napkin rings, hooks, decorative metal paper towel holder, or a letter opener. Or you may suggest a project when you register. And as a special treat, participants will learn how to make leaves out of metal! Small class size guarantees lots of one-on-one instruction and lots of time at the forge! Dress for working in a shop with a dirt floor, and for the weather (the shop is heated by a wood-burning stove only!). Bring eye protection and a water bottle. The cost of materials is included in the cost of the class. No one under 18 for safety reasons.

This class is sold out. Call 515-278-5286 ext. 110 to be put on a waitlist.

 

SOLD OUT - Blacksmithing: Make a Camp Tripod

DATE TIME

Saturday, April 8, 2017

1:30-5:30PM

LOCATION FEE # PARTICIPANTS RESTRICTIONS
Blacksmith - Meet at Visitor Center

$70.00
Members receive 15% off

Minimum: 3, Maximum: 4 18 and older


Participants will get a good work our as they learn about historic blacksmithing techniques. They will forge a large camp tripod, which doubles as a rotisserie or decorative plant hanger in the front yard (with a retail value of over $50!). The finished project will stand between 5 and 6 feet tall, and is based on a Civil War era design. This project is great for campers or those who do reenacting. Participants will learn these blacksmithing skills: drawing out metal and making eye bolts, as well as some other advanced forging techniques. Small class size guarantees lots of one-on-one instruction and lots of time at the forge! Dress for working in a shop with a dirt floor, and for the weather (the shop is heated by a wood-burning stove only!). Bring eye protection and a water bottle. The cost of materials is included in the cost of the class. No one under 18 for safety reasons.

This class is sold out. Call 515-278-5286 ext. 110 to be put on a waitlist.

 

Basic Draft Horse Driving (and Mules!)

DATE TIME

Saturday, April 22, 2017

9:00AM-noon

LOCATION FEE # PARTICIPANTS RESTRICTIONS
1900 Farm - Meet at Conference Center

$90.00
Members receive 15% off

Minimum: 4, Maximum: 6 18 and older


Learn the basic commands for driving a team of draft horses or mules. Go through the process of harnessing and grooming a horse or mule. Practice the basic commands by doing some ground driving, and then by driving a wagon. Small class size guarantees lots of one-on-one instruction and driving time! Bring gloves and a water bottle, and remember to dress for the weather and for being on a farm around animals. Class will be held rain or shine. Participants will also receive handouts about the basic care of horses and basic driving techniques. No one under 18 for safety reasons.

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Intermediate Draft Horse Driving

DATE TIME

Saturday, April 22, 2017

1:30-4:30PM

LOCATION FEE # PARTICIPANTS RESTRICTIONS
1900 Farm - Meet at Conference Center

$90.00
Members receive 15% off

Minimum: 4, Maximum: 6 18 and older


Take the next step in your draft horse experience as you go beyond the basics! This class is ideal for the person who already has some horse experience. Learn how to drive various horse-drawn farm implements, which may include a plow, a cultivator, a surrey, and manure spreader (weather and field conditions will determine which implements are used). Small class size guarantees lots of one-on-one instruction and driving time! Bring gloves and a water bottle, and remember to dress for the weather and for being on a farm around animals. Class will be held rain or shine. Participants will also receive handouts about the basic care of horses and basic driving techniques. No one under 18 for safety reasons.

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