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History Through the Lens

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd
Urbandale, IA United States

pioneer weddingBring your camera to capture 500 acres worth of beautiful scenery and see history through your lens at Living History Farms! Take one or two workshops with local photography experts and have ample time to practice your skills as you tour our historic farms, Victorian town, and wooded nature trails. Visit with our museum guides dressed in period clothing, who will give you a glimpse into life in the past. After the event, enter your photos from the day into a contest to win prizes including gift certificates to Alexander’s Photo, a photography class at the Des Moines Art Center, and a Family Membership to Living History Farms.

Ride the tractor cart to our west side farms and capture photos of our Pioneer Wedding at the 1850 Farm. Ceremonies will take place at 11am and 1:30pm – allow travel time to ride the cart and walk the trail to the farm.

Supporting Sponsor: Alexander’s Photo


Flynn MansionTickets

Tickets available online May 14 at 10am through June 14 at noon. Tickets will also be available at the door. Doors open at 9:00am and the first classes begin at 9:30am. Event takes place rain or shine. No refunds.

Purchase tickets

  • One Day Pass (Adult 13+) $16.00
  • One Day Pass (Child 2-12) $9.50
  • Two Day Pass (Adult 13+) $26.00*
  • Living History Farm Members Free**

* Two Day Passes allow you to visit on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 at a discounted rate, to practice your photography skills and visit the Farms. Classes will be on Saturday only.

** Members attend for free, but may register for express check-in at the event.



Class Schedule is subject to change.

History Through the Lens Schedule 2019


Photo Contest

Living History Farms is excited to announce a photo contest in conjunction with our History Through the Lens event. Photos submitted in the contest must be taken at Living History Farms. Photographers are not required to take the photos on the date of the History Through the Lens event. Contest entries will be accepted June 15-July 6 via the form below.

History Through the Lens Photo Contest Rules

Contest Entry Form


interpreter preparing food at 1850 farmLunch

  • Have lunch at Living History Farms’ Snack Shop
  • Bring a picnic lunch
  • Leave the museum for lunch and return (just keep your admission sticker!)



Interested in presenting your business to event attendees? Vendors are encouraged to bring photography, videography, and multimedia products for attendees to test-drive and purchase, and to promote photography related products or services. There is no cost to be a vendor, but space is limited. Please fill out the form below to let us know about your business.

History Through the Lens Vendor Interest Form

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