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Adult & Family Education Programs

Adult Education group pose for photo opp on Tangen porchWant to know more about a something you saw at Living History Farms, interested in learning a new skill, or just want to have fun with friends or family? Then sign up for one of our Adult and Family Education programs!

You will work in small groups to learn more about a specific skill or trade that was common in the 19th century, from breadbaking to blacksmithing. And with a small class size, you are guaranteed lots of individualized instruction and plenty of opportunity to participate.

 

Family prepares food at 1900 farmRegistration Information

  • Member registration opens August 15 at 9am. Registration opens for the general public on August 22 at 9am. Registration closes at noon 1 week before the class date. If the minimum number of participants have not registered, the class will be cancelled.
  • Members receive an exclusive early registration period, and a 15% discount on class fees. Purchase or renew your membership now!
  • Contact us if you have questions about registration, content, or logistics of the classes at adminasst@lhf.org, or by telephone at 515-278-5286 ext. 110.
  • Please read the following program policies before registering for a class. Adult & Family Education Program Policies

 

Schedule of Adult Classes

These classes are for adults ages 18 and up.

Date


Time


Subject


Location


Thursday, Dec. 7 5:30-8:00pm NEW! Victorian Hat Trims – Holiday Edition Millinery
Tuesday, Dec. 19 5:30-8:30pm NEW! Christmas Cake & Victorian Trifles Tangen Home

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Schedule of Family Classes

These classes are for pairs of adults and children (age 7-11) or pairs of adults and teens (age 12-17).

Date


Time


Subject


Location


Saturday, Dec. 16 1:00-3:00pm Cookie Baking with Kids on a Woodstove Tangen Home

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Adult Class Descriptions

fur-trimmed hatNEW CLASS! Victorian Hat Trims – Holiday Edition

Winter hats need winter trims! Explore the velvet bows, fur what-nots and shiny ribbons used in creating flowers, cockades and other trims for fancy hats and clothing! Join LHF staff milliners for an evening of winter and holiday trims. Participants will have a chance to explore the millinery shop at LHF and then sit down to make several trim pieces out of ribbon, buttons, scrap fabric and beads to take home. Your finished trims can be used to make brooches, package decorations or applied to clothing or hats at home. Students should have basic hand sewing skills and should bring a pair of sewing scissors and a thimble.

  • Thursday, December 7 from 5:30-8:00pm
  • Millinery (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 4, Maximum 8; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $50.00

Register for Victorian Hat Trims – Holiday Edition

 

ingredients for baking a cakeNEW CLASS! Christmas Cake and Victorian Trifles

Join Living History Farms staff for a sweet look at Victorian treats. Bake a gingerbread cake “from scratch” and make a fruit cake actually worth eating! Consider a fruit or icing topping. Mix up a pudding and a heavenly whipped cream. Then build a Victorian Trifle in a Parfait glass to take home! Holiday cakes and preserved fruits abound! Bring containers to take home your goodies! All costs of materials are included in the cost of the class.

  • Tuesday, December 19 from 5:30-8:30pm
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $60.00

Register for Christmas Cake and Victorian Trifles

 


 

Family Class Descriptions

child rolls out dough for cookies in Tangen kitchenCookie Baking with Kids on a Woodstove

What is better than the smell of fresh cookies from the oven? Making them with your child! In this class, parent and child will work together to make a variety of cookies using recipes from the 19th century. After mixing up the cookie dough, bake them in a wood-burning oven. When they have come from the oven, everyone gets to taste how good they are. All costs of materials are included in the cost of the class. And, yes, you will get recipes to take home and try! Bring an apron and a water bottle.

  • Saturday, December 16 from 1:00-3:00pm
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3 pairs, Maximum 5 pairs; children must be between ages 7 and 11.
  • Fee: $45.00/pair. A pair is defined as one adult and one child (age 7-11).

Register for Cookie Baking with Kids on a Woodstove