President’s Message

Ruth Haus, PresidentHello. My name is Ruth Haus and I am the President of Living History Farms. I want to welcome you to Living History Farms and the 2017 season. I would like to give thanks to our premier partners: John Deere, Bravo Greater Des Moines, and the WT and Edna M. Dahl Trust Foundation.

Some of you are longtime friends of the Farms and visit regularly. For others, you may be visiting for the very first time. In any case, we want you to enjoy your experience here!

Our season theme this year celebrates small towns and rural communities. We are pleased to announce that we will host a traveling exhibit from the Iowa State Historical Museum entitled Iowa History 101 this season. This exhibit will be on display for our Family Easter event on April 15.

Members are offered many privileges including unlimited general season admission, discounts on special events and day camp registrations, and early reservations for our historic dinners. Back by popular demand is “Member Mondays,” where special crafts and activities are available exclusively for members at select historic sites from June-August.

We invite parents and grandparents of preschoolers, to register for our popular Barnyard Readers program. Children will listen to stories about barnyard animals by a costumed interpreter and then visit with a real barnyard animal at one of our historic sites. Come meet our resident pigs, cows, chickens, horses, sheep and oxen.

For children entering grades K-12, check out our popular summer day camp programs. These camps give kids opportunities to experience history, nature, and each other without sitting in front of a TV, computer or cell phone screen. The creek walk is a favorite of all our campers. We will once again offer our pioneer family camp experience so parents can join in on the fun at the end of the summer.

Registration opens in August for our fall/winter historic dinner and tea programs. Each dinner is a 2½ hour experience like no other, using historic recipes to create a memorable, and delicious meal.

Join us October 6, for a harvest extravaganza when Living History Farms will host its annual gala, Farmstasia, to honor a teacher of the year and raise funds for our education programs. Our touring season will come to a close with our popular family Halloween beginning October 20. Our Family Christmas celebration will occur on December 2.

In addition to our events and programming, Living History Farms will embark upon a master planning process this year facilitated by the consulting team of PGAV Destinations out of St. Louis, Missouri. PGAV Destinations has worked on many destination planning projects including: Old World Wisconsin, Conner Prairie, Fort Ticonderoga, The Kennedy Space Center, Patriots Point and Biltmore Estate. Our team at Living History Farms is very excited to develop the next phase of our beloved museum’s engagement with the community and to further enhance our visitor experiences.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Ruth Haus