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Trees that Glisten

Posted on December 2, 2015

We see them everywhere in December, twinkling with lights and full of colorful ornaments, but have you ever stopped to think about how old the tradition of the Christmas tree really is, and how it…

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19th Century Thanksgiving

Posted on November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving is one of America’s favorite holidays. Generally filled with food and family, and often football, it is a time to reflect on the blessings of the year and share our table with each other. Iowans in the…

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Winter is Coming! Break out the Carding Paddles

Posted on November 16, 2015

Now that the inevitable chill of winter is beginning to set in, it’s time to start getting out the fleece petticoats, wool bonnets, and knit hats, gloves, and shawls. Our museum guides offer several cold…

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Americanitis and the Holiday Hustle

Posted on November 3, 2015

It’s the first week of November. For many people, this is the beginning of a wonderful harvest and holiday season running all the way into January. For many others, this is the beginning of a…

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