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Historic Skills Classes

participants pose for a fun photo at a historic skills classWant to know more about something you saw at Living History Farms, interested in learning a new skill, or just want to have fun with friends and family? Then sign up for one of our Historic Skills Classes!

You will work in small groups to learn more about a specific skill or trade that was common in the 19th century, from baking to blacksmithing. And with a small class size, you are guaranteed lots of individualized instruction and plenty of opportunities to participate.

 


Adult Education group pose for photo opp on Tangen porch

Need to Know

  • Masks are required for class participants.
  • Registration opens January 4, 2021 for members, and January 11, 2021 for non-members.
  • Registration closes at noon 1 week before the class date. Programs require a minimum number of participants to run.
  • Members receive early registration and a discount on class fees. Purchase or renew your membership now!
  • Please read all of the program policies before registering for a class. Historic Skills Class Policies

 

Schedule of Classes

Signature Sampler Classes

Have a specific interest but not a ton of time? Join us for a Signature Sampler! You will get a sample of the tastes, talents, and atmosphere found in our historic kitchens, craft shops, and farms.

Date


Time


Subject


Location


Tuesday,
March 23, 2021
6:00-7:30pmSpiced Apple TartsTangen Home
Saturday,
March 27, 2021
9:30-11:00amBiscuits, Gravy, and CoffeeTangen Home
Saturday,
April 10, 2021
9:30-11:00amSheep Chores1900 Farm
Saturday,
April 17, 2021
9:30-11:00amHorse Chores1900 Farm

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Schedule of Historic Skills Classes

These classes are more in-depth experiences than our Signature Sampler classes.

Date


Time


Subject


Location


Saturday,
March 27, 2021
1:00-4:00pm19th Century Bread Baking – SOLD OUTTangen Home
Saturday,
March 27, 2021
9:00am-NoonBlacksmithing Basics – SOLD OUTBlacksmith
Saturday,
March 27, 2021
1:00-4:00pmBlacksmithing Basics – NEWLY ADDEDBlacksmith
Saturday,
April 10, 2021
9:00am-NoonBlacksmithing Basics – SOLD OUTBlacksmith
Saturday,
April 10, 2021
1:00-4:00pmBlacksmithing: Items for the Home – SOLD OUTBlacksmith
Sunday,
April 11, 2021
9:00am-NoonBlacksmithing Basics – SOLD OUTBlacksmith
Saturday,
April 17, 2021
1:00-5:00pmBasics of Draft Horse Driving1900 Farm
Saturday,
April 17, 2021
1:00-5:00pmBasics of Pioneer Hearth Cooking –  SOLD OUT1850 Pioneer Farm

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Schedule of Family Classes

These classes are for pairs of adults and teens (ages 12 and up).

Date


Time


Subject


Location


Sunday,
April 11, 2021
1:00-4:00pmBasic Blacksmithing with TeensBlacksmith

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Signature Sampler Class Descriptions

Spiced Apple Tarts

Roll out a pie crust for this spicy apple treat. Whip sweet cream for the top while it bakes in the wood stove. Enjoy the results with a mug of hot cider.

  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021, from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 4; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $40.00, members receive 15% discount

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Biscuits, Gravy, and Coffee

Bake a fluffy baking powder biscuit in the wood stove while stirring up milk-and-sausage gravy to go over the top. Grind some beans and boil a pot of coffee to go with it all.

Interpreter kneading bread

  • Saturday, March 27, 2021, from 9:30-11:00am
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 4; Ages 18 and up
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  • Fee: $40.00, members receive 15% discount

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Sheep and two lambsSheep Chores

Meet the wooly ewes that spend the winter at the 1900 era Farm and help with the morning chores, such as feeding, watering, checking ewes in anticipation of lambs. Dress for the weather and a farm environment.

  • Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 9:30-11:00am
  • 1900 Farm (Check in at Conference Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 4; Ages 16 and up
  • Fee: $40.00, members receive 15% discount

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horses in mudHorse Chores

Spend the morning in the 1900 Farm barn, feeding, and grooming the draft horses and mule. Dress for the weather and a farm environment.

  • Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 9:30-11:00am
  • 1900 Farm (Check in at Conference Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 4; Ages 16 and up
  • Fee: $40.00, members receive 15% discount

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Historic Skills Class Descriptions

 

blacksmith anvilBlacksmithing Basics – New session added on March 27

The class is designed to give someone with little or no metal working skills as a hands-on, fun, “be a blacksmith for a day” experience. Explore the basics of forge work in a blacksmith shop while making a decorative iron project to take home. Topics will include safety, tools and equipment, and beginning techniques for shaping metal. Small class size guarantees lots of one-on-one instruction and lots of time at the forge! Dress for working in a shop with a dirt floor, and for the weather (the shop is heated by a wood-burning stove only).

  • Sessions: Saturday, March 27, 2021, 9am-noon or 1-4pm, Saturday, April 10, 2021, 9am-noon or Sunday, April 11, 2021, 9am-noon
  • Blacksmith (Check-in at the Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 4; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $65.00, members receive 15% discount
  • Please bring heavy work gloves, eye protection, and water bottle

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blacksmith pumping fire

Blacksmithing: Items for the Home – SOLD OUT

Students will have the opportunity to make at least 2 of the following decorative projects for the home: candleholders, napkin rings, hooks, decorative metal paper towel holder, or a letter opener. It is helpful if you have taken our blacksmithing basics course. Small class size guarantees lots of one-on-one instruction and lots of time at the forge! Dress for working in a shop with a dirt floor, and for the weather (the shop is heated by a wood-burning stove only).

  • Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 1:00-4:30pm
  • Blacksmith (Check-in at the Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 4; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $75.00, members receive 15% discount
  • Please bring heavy work gloves, eye protection, and water bottle

This class is sold out.

 

horseBasics of Draft Horse Driving

Learn the basic commands for driving a team of draft horses or mules. Go through the process of harnessing and grooming a horse or mule. Practice the basic commands by doing some ground driving, and then by driving a wagon. Dress for the weather and for being on the farm around animals. Class will be held rain or shine. Participants will also receive handouts about the basic care of horses and basic driving techniques.

  • Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 1:00-5:00pm
  • 1900 Farm (Check in at the Conference Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 4, Maximum 6; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $90.00, members receive 15% discount
  • Please bring heavy work gloves and water bottle

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interpreter cooking in a hearthBasics of Pioneer Hearth Cooking – SOLD OUT

Learn the basics of hearth cooking, while exploring how new settlers in Iowa produced, prepared, and preserved food. Participants will use 1850s era recipes to make their lunch. While your meal is cooking, tour the 1850 Pioneer Farm. After eating their meal and cleaning up, everyone will go home with copies of recipes, and information on how to care for their cast iron cooking utensils. Dress for being on a farm, and for cooking! Part of the class will be outside while you tour the farm. Note: You will be eating your meal around 4:30pm, so plan accordingly.

  • Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 1:00-5:00pm
  • 1850 Pioneer Farm (Check-in at the Conference Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 4; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $90.00, members receive 15% discount
  • Please bring an apron, water bottle, and containers for leftovers

This class is sold out.

 


Family Classes

teen and LHF staff member work in blacksmith shopBasic Blacksmithing with Teens

This class will allow a parent or grandparent to work with a teen as they learn historic blacksmithing techniques in a historic setting. Everyone will get to make several small, hands-on projects, such as small dinner triangles and hooks. Begin by learning about proper safety in a workshop environment. Dress for working in a shop with a dirt floor, and for the weather. The shop is heated by a wood-burning stove only.

  • Sunday, April 11, 2021, from 1:00-4:00pm
  • Blacksmith (Check-in at the Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 4, Maximum 6; Ages 14 and up, must have an accompanying adult 18 or older
  • Fee $35.00 per person,  members receive 15% discount
  • Bring work gloves, eye protection, and water bottle

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