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In 1970, Dr. William Murray had a vision for a 500-acre tract of land located just outside Des Moines: create a living history museum to preserve and teach generations to come about America’s agricultural heritage. Today, Living History Farms is a renowned not-for-profit agricultural museum that brings that vision to life, with a mission to educate, entertain, and connect people of all ages to Midwestern rural life experiences.

But we can’t do it alone. Our ability to fulfill our mission depends on support from people like you. We invite you to take some time to learn about the opportunities available to support Living History Farms.


It’s Tax Deductible!

Living History Farms is a nonprofit corporation, which is classified by the IRS as exempt under the IRS Section 501(c)(3). Therefore, donations from individuals and corporations, as well as grants from private foundations, qualify for maximum tax benefits allowable by the IRS. Living History Farms will send you a letter acknowledging your donation. Use this letter as supporting documentation for your IRS deduction, since the ‘fair market value’ of your donation may be tax deductible. For tax or legal advice, please consult your tax advisor.


Cash Donation

Cash gifts provide general operating support to all areas of the museum. These gifts make it possible for Living History Farms to sustain the quality of our programs and services. Below are three options for making a cash donation to the Farms today!

Please contact or call 515-278-5286 if you have any questions.

Choose an amount to donate


By Mail

Stacie Stearns
Living History Farms
2600 111th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

Please download this form and send it, along with your check made out to Living History Farms.

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By Phone

Please Call Stacie Stearns
515.278.5286 ext. 113

Make a gift with your:
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • Discover
  • American Express

Non-Cash Donations

We are grateful to all who donate items (tangible property) to Living History Farms. All gifts of tangible property must be reviewed before Living History Farms can accept them.


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Items for Our Collections

This includes artifacts from the time-periods we interpret (1700, 1850, 1875, and 1900), along with textiles and quilts into the 1900s.

Find Out More

Computers & Other Technology Equipment

Please contact Amy Day at 515-278-5286, ext. 117 or at to see if your item(s) would be needed.

Office Supplies

Please contact Barbara Hanson at
515-278-5286, ext. 125 or at to see if your item(s) would be needed.


Other Ways to Donate

Matching Gifts

The impact of your gift may be doubled or possibly tripled! Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. If your company allows, we will include the amount of their match when acknowledging your gift in donor lists. Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. Send us your paperwork and we will do the rest! (Forms are typically available from your human resources department and/or on your company’s website.)

Please enclose your matching gift form with your pledge or mail it to: Stacie Stearns, Living History Farms, 2600 111th Street, Urbandale IA 50322. If you have any questions concerning your matching gift, please contact Stacie Stearns at or 515-278-5286 ext. 113.

Tribute Gifts

Giving a gift in memory or honor of someone important in your life serves a two-fold purpose. Not only do you commemorate and honor that person, but you also help us to educate, entertain and connect people of all ages to Midwestern rural life experiences. When making a tribute gift, please provide the contact information for the honored person(s) or appropriate family member so we can send a personal note to them in addition to the acknowledgement sent to you. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution in memory of, in tribute or in honor of someone, or to commemorate a birthday, anniversary, or wedding, please contact Stacie Stearns at or 515-278-5286 ext. 113.


No matter what tax bracket you are in, making a gift of appreciated stock makes sense. For more information on how to make a gift from the sale of stock, please contact Stacie Stearns at or 515-278-5286 ext. 113.

Legacy Gifts

Since the creation of our endowment in 2008, bequests and legacies of all sizes have provided vial sustaining support to assure that Living History Farms is here for generations to come. Anyone who has made a gift to our Endowment, or let us know that Living History Farms is included in their estate plans is party of our legacy society, the Walnut Hill Society. Find out more

Corporate and Foundation Support

Living History Farms is grateful for the support it receives from its corporate and foundation partners. These partners lend their support by sponsoring specific programs and making grants to support our operations. For more information about opportunities to support Living History Farms please contact Jim Dietz-Kilen, Vice President, Development at or 515-278-5286 ext. 120.

Partnerships That Support The Farms

Amazon Smile

Shop at Amazon Smile, and Amazon will make a donation to Living History Farms Foundation. Bookmark this link: Amazon Smile and select Living History Farms Foundation to get started.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Living History Farms every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to Living History Farms.