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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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Flynn mansion in spring

Family Research

Posted on October 19, 2015

At Living History Farms, we are constantly researching. Many different sources are used to provide the facts that ultimately help interpreters tell the stories our guests experience every time they come to the museum. In…

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Cast Iron Cooking Showdown

Posted on September 30, 2015

Fall is sports season in Iowa. Football, volleyball, and cross country running are all big high school and college sports. The fall puts us all in the spirit for a little friendly competition. On September…

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19th century illustration of bonnets

Is it a hat? or maybe it’s a bonnet . . . ?

Posted on September 7, 2015

Every woman in the 19th century wore a hat when she appeared in public. Women’s hats were made custom for them, either by very crafty homemakers, or more likely at a Millinery shop in town….

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