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History Through the Lens

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


Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd
Urbandale, IA 50322 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.

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.


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.

  • 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, register  for express check-in at the event. You may also add a pre-purchased lunch, catered by Hy-Vee to your registration.  


interpreter preparing food at 1850 farmLunch

Pre-order your lunch for History Through the Lens, catered by Hy-Vee for $9.00. Includes marinated grilled chicken breast sandwich with condiments, macaroni salad side, bag of chips, and bottled water or soda. Lunches purchased day of will be $10.00, and availability cannot be guaranteed. Add your lunch order to your ticket purchase. Other lunch options:

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


horseVolunteer Instructors

We are seeking volunteer instructors to be a part of our History Through the Lens event on Saturday, June 15, 2019. If you’re interested in helping us make this a great event, please fill out this form to tell us more about yourself and your area(s) of expertise.

History Through the Lens Instructor Interest Form



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