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Historic Skills Classes

Adult Education group pose for photo opp on Tangen porchEFFECTIVE 3/18/2020: Historic Skills Classes offered between now and April 17 have been cancelled while we practice social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, classes scheduled on or after April 18 are still running as scheduled. Please email djones@lhf.org for the most current information prior to making a reservation.

We will continue to follow the recommendations and guidelines provided by government and healthcare officials and make program updates accordingly.

Want to know more about a something you saw at Living History Farms, interested in learning a new skill, or just want to have fun with friends or 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 opportunity to participate.

 


Registration Information

  • Registration closes at noon 1 week before the class date. If the minimum number of participants have not registered, the class will be cancelled.
  • Members receive an exclusive early registration period, and a 15% discount on class fees. Purchase or renew your membership now!
  • Contact us if you have questions about registration, content, or logistics of the classes at adminasst@lhf.org, or by telephone at 515-278-5286 ext. 110.
  • Please read the following program policies before registering for a class. Historic Skills Class Policies

 

Schedule of Classes

Signature Sampler Classes

Life is busy for everyone! Don’t have time for a three hour learning adventure, but still want to explore a historic craft or cooking skill? Join us for a Signature Sampler!

These experiences target one specific project and provide a fun sample of the tastes, talents, and atmosphere found in our historic kitchens and craft shops. Not as intense as our longer classes, these samplers allow participants to dip their toes in the Living History pool!

These are classes are offered at $37/person. Most classes are for adults ages 18 and up. Classes marked as Teen Friendly are open to teens ages 12 and up when accompanied by a parent or guardian (18 or older) who is also registered for the class.

Date


Time


Subject


Location


Saturday, February 89:00-10:15amBiscuits, Gravy, and CoffeeTangen Home
Saturday, February 159:00-10:30amScones and Tea*Tangen Home
Saturday, February 229:00-10:30amNorwegian Sweet Rolls: Kringla Knots*Tangen Home
Tuesday, March 36:00-7:30pmSpiced Apple Tarts, Whipped Cream, & Hot Cider*Tangen Home
Saturday, March 79:30-11:00amSheep Chores*1900 Farm
Saturday, March 71:00-2:15pmIrish Ribbons and BowsMillinery
Tuesday, March 106:00-7:15pmSweet and Savory FrittersTangen Home
Saturday, March 219:30-11:00amHorse Chores1900 Farm
Saturday, March 211:00-2:30pmIntroduction to Crochet*Tangen Home
Tuesday, March 246:00-7:30pmStrawberry Shortcakes*Tangen Home
Saturday, March 289:30-11:00amCattle Chores*1900 Farm
Saturday, March 281:00-2:30pmPrinting Calling Cards*Print Shop
Saturday, April 410:00-11:30amPoultry Processing1900 Farm
Tuesday, April 76:00-7:30pmPotato PancakesTangen Home

* Indicates a “Teen Friendly” Class

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Schedule of Adult Historic Skills Classes

These classes are more in-depth experiences than our Signature Sample classes and are available for adults ages 18 and up.

Date


Time


Subject


Location


Saturday, February 81:00-4:00pmBasics of Woodstove CookingTangen Home
Saturday, February 151:00-4:00pm19th Century BreadbakingTangen Home
Sunday, February 231:00-4:00pmCakes and Pies in a WoodstoveTangen Home
Saturday, March 2812:30-3:30pmSourdough BreadTangen Home
Saturday, April 49:00am-noonBlacksmithing BasicsBlacksmith
Saturday, April 41:30-4:30pmBlacksmithing: Camp TripodBlacksmith
Saturday, April 181:00-4:00pmBlacksmithing: Items for the HomeBlacksmith
Saturday, April 259:00am-noonBasics of Draft Horse Driving1900 Farm
Saturday, April 259:30-11:30amTaste of the IowayConference Center
Saturday, April 251:00-5:00pmBasics of Hearth Cooking1850 Pioneer Farm
Saturday, April 251:30-4:30pmIntermediate Draft Horse Driving1900 Farm
Saturday, April 251:30-4:30pmBasics of Hand SewingConference Center

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Schedule of Family Historic Skills Classes

These classes are for pairs of adults and children (age 7-12) or pairs of adults and teens (age 12-16).

Date


Time


Subject


Location


Saturday, March 219:00-11:30amWoodstove Cooking with KidsTangen Home
Saturday, April 189:00am-noonBasic Blacksmithing with TeensBlacksmith
Saturday, April 181:00-4:00pmPrinting with TeensPrint Shop
Saturday, April 258:30-11:00amHearth Cooking with Teens1850 Pioneer Farm

Jump to the Family Class Descriptions


 

Signature Sampler Class Descriptions

participant stirring ingredientsBiscuits, Gravy, and Coffee

Bake a fluffy baking powder biscuit in the woodstove 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.

  • Saturday, February 8, 2020, 9:00am-10:15am
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $37.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Biscuits, Gravy, and Coffee

 

tea cupScones and Tea*

Mix, roll out and bake a traditional tea scone. Pair it with fruit jam and a steaming cup of tea for a light brunch treat!

  • Saturday, February 15, 2020, 9:00-10:30am
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Teen Friendly*: Ages 12 and up, teens must be accompanied by parent/guardian
  • Fee: $37.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Scones and Tea

 

participant prepares doughNorwegian Sweet Rolls: Kringla Knots*

Mix and bake this favorite figure eight shaped Norwegian cookie in our wood-burning stove. Enjoy your treat with a steaming cup of coffee!

  • Saturday, February 22, 9:00-10:30am
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Teen Friendly*: Ages 12 and up, teens must be accompanied by parent/guardian
  • Fee: $37.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Norwegian Sweet Rolls: Kringla Knots

 

sliced apples in a bowlSpiced Apple Tarts, Whipped Cream, & Hot Cider*

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 3, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Teen Friendly*: Ages 12 and up, teens must be accompanied by parent/guardian
  • Fee: $37.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Spiced Apple Tarts, Whipped Cream, & Hot Cider

 

sheep at 1850Sheep Chores*

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

  • Saturday, March 7, 9:30-11:00am
  • 1900 Farm (Check in at Conference Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Teen Friendly*: Ages 12 and up, teens must be accompanied by parent/guardian
  • Fee: $37.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Sheep Chores

 

ribbonIrish Ribbons and Bows

Learn to make fancy ribbon bows in green, or orange, for embellishing clothing in the Irish spirit, just as hat trimmers did in the 19th century. Explore the millinery cases filled with ribbons, beads and buttons. No sewing experience required.

  • Saturday, March 7, 1:00-2:15pm
  • Millinery (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $37.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Irish Ribbons and Bows

 

fattigmannSweet and Savory Fritters

Mix a basic batter to embellish with fruits such as apples or peaches; try a savory fritter of onions and sage. Fry and taste your mixtures in the Tangen kitchen.

  • Tuesday, March 10, 6:00-7:15pm
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $37.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Sweet and Savory Fritters

 

horsesHorse 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, March 21, 9:30-11:00am
  • 1900 Farm (Check in at Conference Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $37.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Horse Chores

 

crochet pattern bookIntroduction to Crochet*

Spend an hour learning to hold a crochet hook, chain stitch yarn, single and double stitch! Go home with at least the start of a mug mat or cozy, a hook and a new hobby!

  • Saturday, March 21, 1:00-2:30pm
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Teen Friendly*: Ages 12 and up, teens must be accompanied by parent/guardian
  • Fee: $37.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Introduction to Crochet

 

strawberriesStrawberry Shortcakes*

Victorians loved strawberry parties and festivals. Try your hand at baking a slightly sweet baking powder cake in the wood stove, hand whipping some cream, and then layering it all with strawberries in a sweet glaze for this fruity spring treat!

  • Tuesday, March 24, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Teen Friendly*: Ages 12 and up, teens must be accompanied by parent/guardian
  • Fee: $37.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Strawberry Shortcakes

 

shorthornCattle Chores*

Get up close to the cattle spending the winter at the 1900 farm. Help with morning chores, including feeding and grooming. Dress for the weather and a farm environment.

  • Saturday, March 28, 9:30-11:00am
  • 1900 Farm (Check in at Conference Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Teen Friendly*: Available to ages 12 and up, teens must be accompanied by parent/guardian
  • Fee: $37.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Cattle Chores

 

hand set type

Printing Calling Cards*

Before texting and voice mail messages, every gentleman and lady carried a calling card to offer their new acquaintances. Hand-set the type for your name and print a set of cards of your own. A great introduction to moveable type printing.

  • Saturday, March 28, 1:00-2:30pm
  • Print Shop (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; *Teen Friendly: Available to ages 12 and up, teens must be accompanied by parent/guardian
  • Fee: $37.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Printing Calling Cards

 

Tangen rooster

Poultry Processing

What does it take to get a chicken from farmyard to fork? Discover how to pluck and dress barnyard harvested poultry. Learn the various poultry cuts and how they are carved. Dress for being on a farm, as most of this class takes place outside.

  • Saturday, April 4, 10:00-11:30am
  • 1900 Farm (Check in at Conference Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Available to ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $37.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Poultry Processing

potatoesPotato Pancakes

Many cultures and countries turn potatoes into small cakes of fried bliss. The addition of an egg here or veggies there makes for subtle and tasty differences. Make an Irish Boxty, a German kartelpoffer, and a latke. We’ll grate up potatoes and make as many variations as we can fit in the time!

  • Tuesday, April 7, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $37.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Potato Pancakes

 


Adult Class Descriptions

wood-burning stoveBasics of Woodstove Cooking

Do you have a wood-burning stove at home that you’d like to cook on, but have no prior knowledge of how to do it? Want to try cooking like your great grandparents? Roll up your sleeve and make hearty meat stew, a vegetable side dish, bread, and a cake. Learn the design of the woodstove and how to properly use it. After the meal is prepared, sit down to enjoy the food and ask questions. You will get recipes to take home and try. All costs of food included in the costs of the class. Bring an apron, water bottle, and containers to take home any leftovers.

  • Saturday, February 8, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Tangen Home (check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $63.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Basics of Woodstove Cooking

 

braided dough19th Century Breadbaking

Do you need a refresher course on making bread from scratch? Would you like to try baking in a wood-burning stove? Try your hand at biscuits, yeast bread, and cinnamon rolls in an 1876 era farm kitchen while learning the history of bread making. Afterwards, sit around the table to enjoy your creations, while learning more about the house and the type of family that would have lived there. You will get recipes to take home and try. All costs of food included in the costs of the class. Bring an apron, water bottle, and containers to take home any leftovers.

  • Saturday, February 15, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Tangen Home (check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $63.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for 19th Century Breadbaking

 

pieCakes and Pies in a Woodstove

Have your cake and eat pie too! Explore why it’s called a pound cake and discover why 19th century cakes tend to be heavier than modern mixes! Learn to make pie crust and mix up a delectable fruit pie. Bake your creations in a wood-burning stove, and afterwards, enjoy the sweet fruits of your labor as you discuss adapting historic recipes. All costs of food included in the costs of the class. Bring an apron, water bottle, and containers to take home any leftovers.

  • Sunday, February 23, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Tangen Home (check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $63.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Cakes and Pies in a Woodstove

 

interpreter making pieSourdough Bread

Ever wonder what makes bread rise? Come and learn the science of leavening while baking a loaf of sourdough bread in a wood-fired oven. Create other tasty treats while working in a kitchen typical of a upper middle class house in the 1870s. Learn about the history of sourdough and the different uses for it. All recipes and materials for this class are provided, but be sure an apron, water bottle and a container to take home some sourdough starter for your kitchen and be ready to get started baking.

  • Saturday, March 28, 12:30-3:30pm
  • Tangen Home (check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $63.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Sourdough Bread

 

fire and tools in blacksmith shopBlacksmithing Basics

The class is designed to give someone with little or no metal working skills a hands-on, fun “be a blacksmith for a day” experience. Explore the basics of forge work in a blacksmith shop while making 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. Shop is heated by a wood burning stove only. Bring heavy work gloves, eye protection, and a water bottle.

  • Saturday, April 4, 9:00am-Noon
  • Blacksmith (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $63.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Blacksmithing Basics

 

participants work on projects in the blacksmith shopBlacksmithing: Make a Camp Tripod

Students will get a good work out as they learn about historic blacksmithing techniques and forge a large camp tripod that doubles as a rotisserie or decorative plant hanger for the yard (retail value over $50!). The finished project will stand between 5-6 feet tall, and is based on a Civil War era design, great for those who camp or do reenacting. Students will learn blacksmithing skills such as drawing out metal, making eye bolts, and advanced forging techniques. 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. Shop is heated by a wood burning stove only. Bring heavy work gloves, eye protection, and a water bottle.

  • Saturday, April 4, 1:30-4:30pm
  • Blacksmith (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 4; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $75.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Blacksmithing: Make a Camp Tripod

 

blacksmith anvilBlacksmithing: Items for the Home

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. 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. Shop is heated by a wood burning stove only. Bring heavy work gloves, eye protection, and a water bottle.

  • Saturday, April 18, 1:00-4:30pm
  • Blacksmith (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $75.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Blacksmithing: Items for the Home

 

horses pull a farm implement at the 1900 horse powered farmBasics 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 a farm around animals! Class will be held rain or shine. Bring heavy work gloves and a water bottle. Participants will also receive handouts about the basic care of horses and basic driving techniques.

  • Saturday, April 25, 9:00am-noon
  • 1900 Farm (Check in at Conference Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 4, Maximum 6; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $90.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Basics of Draft Horse Driving

 

1700 ioway farm homes

Tastes of the Ioway

Early native Iowans made use of Iowa’s natural food resources, as well as beginning Iowa’s agricultural traditions. Living History Farms staff will introduce the Ioway culture ca. 1700 with a visit to the 1700 Ioway Farm historic site and talk about the resources available to them both before and after European contact. Return to the Conference Center and discover the tastes of the early Native American Ioway nation. What does it mean to eat the three sisters? How is bison different from beef? What did Native Americans have for dessert? Participants will help to prepare traditional recipes and then sit down to taste several different dishes. All costs of food included in the costs of the class. Bring an apron, water bottle, and containers to take home any leftovers.

  • Saturday, April 25, 9:30-11:30am
  • Conference Center
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 4, Maximum 6; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $58.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Tastes of the Ioway

 

cast iron pot over an open hearth fireBasics of Hearth Cooking

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 4:30, so plan accordingly.

  • Saturday, April 25, 1:00-5:00pm
  • 1850 Pioneer Farm (check in at Conference Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $90.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Basics of Hearth Cooking

 

horseIntermediate Draft Horse Driving

Take the next step in your draft horse experience as you go beyond the basics! This class is ideal for the person who already has some horse experience. Learn how to drive various horse-drawn farm implements, which may include (field conditions and weather permitting) a plow, a cultivator, a surrey, and manure spreader. Small class size guarantees lots of 1-1 instruction! Remember to dress for the weather and for being on a farm around animals. Bring heavy work gloves and a water bottle. Class will be held rain or shine.

  • Saturday, April 25, 1:30-4:30pm
  • 1900 Farm (Check in at Conference Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 4, Maximum 6; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $90.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Intermediate Draft Horse Driving

 

embroidery

Basics of Hand Sewing

Learn the basics of hand sewing, that very practical art!  Designed for those who are new to handwork, students will learn the basic hand stitching skills, such as: sewing straight seams, simple hems, sewing on buttons, and how to make the most of using a thimble.  This class will stress practicing stitches on muslin.  Bring with you a pair of scissors suitable for cutting thread and a package of household sewing needles.  Thimbles will be available for use during the class; bring your own if you have a thimble that fits securely on your middle finger.  Fabric, thread, and beeswax will be provided.  Students will leave with practice samples, thread, beeswax, and handout guides to simple hand sewing.  All cost of materials included in cost of the class; plenty of handouts provided!

  • Saturday, April 25, 1:30-4:30pm
  • Conference Center
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 4, Maximum 8; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $53.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Basics of Hand Sewing

 


Family Class Descriptions

boy stirs pot on wood-burning stoveWoodstove Cooking with Kids

Explore the Victorian kitchen, while instilling a love of cooking in your kids! Learn how to read a recipe, measure and mix ingredients, and roll out dough the old-fashioned away! This basic woodstove cooking class is designed to get kids and parents/grand-parents busy in the kitchen together. Prepare a kid friendly chicken dish, macaroni and cheese, biscuits, and a sweet treat for dessert – all from scratch. Then sit down and enjoy your creations. Note: You will be eating around 11:15 a.m., so plan accordingly. You will get recipes to take home and try. Please bring aprons, water bottles, and containers to take home any leftovers.

  • Saturday, March 21, 9:00-11:30am
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3 pairs, Maximum 4 pairs; children must be between ages 7 and 12.
  • Fee: $48.00/pair. A pair is defined as one adult and one child (age 7-12).

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Woodstove Cooking with Kids

 

teen and LHF staff member work in blacksmith shop

Basic Blacksmithing with Teens

This class will allow a parent/guardian and teen to work together as they learn historic blacksmithing techniques in our 1876 era blacksmith shop. 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 (shop is heated by wood-burning stove only). Bring work gloves, eye protection, and a water bottle.

  • Saturday, April 18, 9:00am-noon
  • Blacksmith (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3 pairs, Maximum 4 pairs; teens must be between ages 12 and 16.
  • Fee: $53.00/pair. A pair is defined as one adult and one teen (age 12-16).

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 12 at 10am.

Register for Basic Blacksmithing with Teens

 

girls choose type for their projects in the print shop

Printing with Teens

Get up close and hands-on with the big printing machinery in the 1876 Advocate Print Shop at Living History Farms! Choose from several historic designs and then print a set of holiday cards. Hand-set your own personal greeting for inside. Projects will be created using historic moveable type and printed on 19th century hand-powered proof and jobbing presses. Dress for an inky, artistic environment and prepare to get your hands dirty.

  • Saturday, April 18, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Print Shop (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 4 pairs, Maximum 6 pairs; teens must be between ages 12 and 16.
  • Fee: $43.00/pair. A pair is defined as one adult and one teen (age 12-16).

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Printing with Teens

 

cast iron pot over an open hearth fireHearth Cooking with Teens

Along with your teen, explore the pioneer kitchen and learn the ins and outs of open hearth cooking. Discover how heat travels in a hearth and how to make glowing coals for baking or frying. Learn the use of hanging pot hooks and see how simple cast iron pots and pans can be as versatile as your modern range at home. Perfect for teens wanting to learn campfire cooking skills! You will prepare a youth-friendly stew, cornbread and a sweet treat for dessert – all from scratch. Note: You will be eating around 10:30 a.m., so plan accordingly. Please bring aprons, water bottles, and containers to take home any leftovers.

  • Saturday, April 25, 8:30-11:00am
  • 1850 Pioneer Farm (Check in at Conference Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 2 pairs, Maximum 3 pairs; teens must be between ages 12 and 16.
  • Fee: $53.00/pair. A pair is defined as one adult and one teen (age 12-16).

Member registration for these classes opens December 5 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 19 at 10am.

Register for Hearth Cooking with Teens