CURRENT HOURS: CLOSED FOR GENERAL SEASON; OPEN MAY 1, 2019

Historic Skills Classes

Adult Education group pose for photo opp on Tangen porchWant 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.

 

Family prepares food at 1900 farmRegistration Information

  • Member registration opens December 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am. 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

NEW! 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 75 minute 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 $30/person and are for adults ages 18 and up.

Date


Time


Subject


Location


Tuesday, April 2 6:15-7:30pm Biscuits, Gravy, and Coffee Tangen Home
Tuesday, April 9 6:15-7:30pm Kringla Knots & Coffee Tangen Home
Saturday, April 13 1:00-2:30pm SOLD OUT – Poultry Processing 1900 Farm
Tuesday, April 16 6:15-7:30pm Hard Boiled: Deviled Eggs & Eggs Goldenrod Tangen Home
Thursday, April 18 6:00-7:15pm Sausage Stuffing 1900 Farm

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Schedule of Adult Classes

These classes are for adults ages 18 and up.

Date


Time


Subject


Location


Saturday, March 23 9:00am-noon SOLD OUT – Blacksmith Basics Blacksmith
Saturday, March 23 1:00-4:00pm Blacksmith: Females at the Forge Blacksmith
Saturday, March 23 1:00-4:00pm Basics of Hand Sewing Millinery
Thursday, March 28 6:00-8:00pm Tastes of the Ioway: Native American Cuisine Visitor Center
Saturday, March 30 8:30-11:30am Cakes and Pies Tangen Home
Saturday, March 30 12:30-3:30pm Letterpress Printing Print Shop
Saturday, March 30 1:00-4:00pm Using Cast Iron in a Modern Kitchen Visitor Center
Saturday, April 6 9:00am-noon SOLD OUT – Basics of Draft Horse Driving 1900 Farm
Saturday, April 6 9:00am-noon SOLD OUT – Blacksmithing Basics Blacksmith
Saturday, April 6 1:00-4:00pm Intermediate Draft Horse Driving 1900 Farm
Saturday, April 6 1:00-4:00pm Blacksmithing: Items for the Home Blacksmith
Saturday, April 13 9:00am-noon Blacksmith Basics Blacksmith
Saturday, April 27 8:30-11:30am SOLD OUT – 19th Century Breadbaking Tangen Home
Saturday, April 27 8:30am-12:30pm Basics of Hearth Cooking 1850 Pioneer Farm
Sunday, April 28 8:30-11:30am Classic Comfort Foods Tangen Home

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Schedule of Family Classes

These classes are for pairs of adults and children (age 7-11) or pairs of adults and teens (age 12-17).

Date


Time


Subject


Location


Saturday, March 23 9:00am-noon Wood Stove Cooking with Kids Tangen Home
Tuesday, March 26 6:15-7:30pm From Scratch Corn Bread & Butter with Kids Tangen Home
Saturday, April 13 1:15-2:30pm Calling Card Printing with Teens Print Shop
Saturday, April 27 1:30-4:00pm Hearth Cooking with Kids 1850 Pioneer Farm

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Signature Sampler Class Descriptions

coffee pots on stoveBiscuits, Gravy, and Coffee

Bake a fluffy 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.

  • Tuesday, April 2, 6:15-7:30pm
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $30.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Register for Biscuits, Gravy, & Coffee

 

kringla knotsKringla Knots and Coffee

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

  • Tuesday, April 9, 6:15-7:30pm
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $30.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Register for Kringla Knots & Coffee

 

chickenPoultry Processing – SOLD OUT

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. Taste, if you choose, fried livers and gizzards – a delicacy for many turn of the century farm families. Dress for being on a farm, as most of this class takes place outside.

  • Saturday, April 13, 1:00-2:30pm
  • 1900 Farm (Check in at Conference Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $30.00

This class is sold out. To be placed on a wait list, call (515)278-5286.

 

eggsHard Boiled: Deviled Eggs and Eggs Goldenrod

Make a 19th century deviled egg recipe with butter and vinegar instead of mayonnaise. Mix up an early 20th century family favorite – Eggs a la Goldenrod – creamed boiled eggs on toast!

  • Tuesday, April 16, 6:15-7:30pm
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $30.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Register for Hard Boiled: Deviled Eggs and Eggs Goldenrod

 

sausageSausage Stuffing

All about pork – from farm to fork! Where are the common cuts of pork found on a pig? How do you stuff a sausage? Participants will make sausages to take home, so bring a container. Dress for being on a farm, as part of the class takes place outside.

  • Thursday, April 18, 6:15-7:30pm
  • 1900 Farm (Check in at Conference Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $30.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Register for Sausage Stuffing

 


Adult Class Descriptions

cooking in tangen kitchenClassic Comfort Food

Join Living History Farms staff for some “stick to your ribs” comfort food and a fresh cup of coffee. Students will learn the art of making homemade noodles and other quick comfort items at the Victorian Tangen home. Student creations will be cooked or baked on a wood stove in the 1875 period kitchen. Towards the end of class, everyone will sit down to enjoy their culinary creations. Recipes will be provided for you to try at home. Note: you will be eating at about 11am, so please plan accordingly. Bring an apron, water bottle, and containers to take home any leftovers.

  • Saturday, February 9, 8:30am-11:30am AND Sunday, April 28, 8:30-11:30am
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $60.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Register for Classic Comfort Food – April 28

 

participant prepares dough19th Century Bread Baking – SOLD OUT

Do you need a refresher course on making bread from scratch? Would you like to try baking in a wood burning stove? If so, try your hand at biscuits, yeast bread, and cinnamon rolls in an 1875 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 type of family that would have lived there. Bring an apron, water bottle, and containers to take home any leftovers.

  • Saturday, March 9, 12:30-3:30pm AND Saturday, April 27, 8:30-11:30am
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $60.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

These classes are sold out. To be placed on a wait list, call (515)278-5286.

 

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, March 23, 9:00am-noon (SOLD OUT); Saturday, April 6, 9:00am-noon (SOLD OUT), Saturday, April 13, 9:00am-noon
  • Blacksmith (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $60.00

Register for Blacksmithing Basics on April 13, 2019

 

fire in blacksmith shopBlacksmithing: Females at the Forge

Never been in a blacksmith shop? No problem! As you learn you will be making decorative items for use in your home. Explore the basic techniques and tools used to do blacksmithing. Topics will include safety, tools and equipment, and beginning techniques for working with metal around a forge. 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, March 23, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Blacksmith (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $60.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Register for Females at the Forge

 

hand sewingBasics 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. Thimble 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 costs of materials are included in the cost of the class and plenty of handouts will be provided!

  • Saturday, March 23, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Millinery (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 4, Maximum 8; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $50.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Register for Basics of Hand Sewing

 

stew cooking over fireTastes of the Ioway! Native American Culinary Adventures

Back by popular request! 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 and talk about the resources available to them both before and after European contact. Discover the tastes of the early Native American Ioway nation. Some tastes will appeal and some will challenge our modern palate. Could you eat Pemmican during a hunting trip? What about dried bison meat? Pumpkin stew? Participants will help to prepare traditional recipes and then sit down to taste several different dishes while exploring the cooking pots and utensils used by Native Tribes. All costs of food included in the costs of the class. Bring an apron, water bottle, and containers to take home any leftovers.

  • Thursday, March 28, 6:00-8:30pm
  • Visitor Center
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 4, Maximum 6; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $55.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Register for Tastes of the Ioway

 

cake and pieCake and Pies

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 sit down about 11am to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Recipes are included! Bring an apron, water bottle, and containers to take home any leftovers.

  • Saturday, March 30, 8:30-11:30am
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $60.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

 

hand set typeBasics of Letterpress Printing for Adults

Roll up your sleeves and prepare to get your hands dirty! Discover the design and feel of letterpress printing in the 1875 Advocate Newspaper Print Shop at Living History Farms! Experience hand-set type setting and learn the “lay of the printer’s case”. Participants will create a 19th century style handbill incorporating a Victorian illustration engraving. Projects will be printed on hand-powered proof and jobbing presses! Bring a water bottle and dress for an inky workshop.

  • Saturday, March 30, 12:30-3:30pm
  • Print Shop (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 6; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $55.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Register for Basics of Letterpress Printing for Adults

 

Cast iron pots and pansUsing Black Cast Iron in a Modern Kitchen

Virtually indestructable, cast iron cookware was a staple of 19th century kitchens. The original non-stick pan, a well-cared for cast iron skillet is one of the most versatile tools in any kitchen, including a modern one. Come learn how to make use of your great-grandma’s skillets and kettles on your gas or electric stove. You will explore different cooking techniques while baking cornbread, braising and searing meats, making gravy, roasting and steaming seasonal vegetables, and frying some delicious fritters. Enjoy the dinner you’ve prepared and learn how to properly season and care for your cast iron items. And if you have a favorite piece of cast iron cookware, such as a piece that belonged to your ancestors, bring it along to share! This class will be taught in a modern kitchen. Bring an apron, water bottle, and containers to take home any leftovers.

  • Saturday, March 30, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Visitor Center
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $65.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Register for Cast Iron in a Modern Kitchen

 

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 6, 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 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Register for Blacksmithing: Items for the Home

 

horsesBasics of Draft Horse Driving – SOLD OUT

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. Small class size guarantees lots of one-on-one instruction and driving time! Dress for the weather and for being around farm animals. Class will be held rain or shine. Participants will also receive handouts about the basic care of horses and basic driving techniques. Bring work gloves and a water bottle.

  • Saturday, April 6, 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 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

This class is sold out. To be placed on a wait list, call (515)278-5286.

 

horses pull manure spreader

Intermediate 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 one-on-one instruction and driving time! Dress for the weather and for being around farm animals. Class will be held rain or shine. Participants will also receive handouts about the basic care of horses and basic driving techniques. Bring work gloves and a water bottle.

  • Saturday, April 6, 1:00-4:30pm
  • 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 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Register for Intermediate Draft Horse Driving

 

cast iron pot over an open hearth fireBasics of Pioneer 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 your 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. Bring an apron, water bottle, and containers to take home any leftovers.

  • Saturday, April 27, 8:30am-12:30pm
  • 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 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Register for Basic Pioneer Hearth Cooking

 


Family Class Descriptions

boy stirs pot on wood-burning stove

Wood Stove 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 way! This basic wood stove cooking class is designed to get kids and parents/grandparents 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. You’ll get recipes to take home and try! Note: your will be eating around 11:30am, so please plan accordingly. Bring aprons, water bottles, and containers to take home any leftovers.

  • Saturday, March 23, 9:00am-noon
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3 pairs, Maximum 5 pairs; children must be between ages 7 and 11.
  • Fee: $50.00/pair. A pair is defined as one adult and one child (age 7-11).

Member registration for these classes opens December 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Register for Wood Stove Cooking with Kids

 

cornmeal cakeScratch Cornbread & Home Churned Butter with Kids

Discover why cornbread is always better baked in cast iron! Mix this pioneer staple and churn your own butter while it bakes.

  • Tuesday, March 26, 6:15-7:30pm
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3 pairs, Maximum 4 pairs; children must be between ages 7 and 11.
  • Fee: $30.00/pair. A pair is defined as one adult and one child (age 7-11).

Member registration for these classes opens December 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Register for Scratch Cornbread & Home Churned Butter with Kids

 

girls choose type for their projects in the print shopCalling Card Printing with Teens

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, April 13, 1:15-2:30pm
  • Print Shop (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3 pairs, Maximum 4 pairs; teens must be between ages 12 and 17.
  • Fee: $30.00/pair. A pair is defined as one adult and one teen (age 12-17).

Member registration for these classes opens December 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Register for Calling Card Printing with Teens

 

cooking fire at 1850 log houseHearth Cooking with Kids

Explore the pioneer kitchen, while cooking with your kids! Learn how heat travels in a hearth, and what pots and pans were available to an Iowa pioneer. This basic cooking class is designed to get kids and parents/grandparents busy in the pioneer kitchen together. Prepare a kid-friendly stew from scratch, along with cornbread, and a sweet treat for dessert. Along the way, learn about how pioneers in Iowa raised crops and livestock for food for themselves and other Iowans. Note: you will be eating around 3:30pm, so please plan accordingly. Bring aprons, water bottles, and containers to take home any leftovers. Dress for outdoor spring conditions on a farm.

  • Saturday, April 27, 1:30-4:00pm
  • 1850 Pioneer Farm (Check in at Conference Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3 pairs, Maximum 5 pairs; children must be between ages 7 and 11.
  • Fee: $50.00/pair. A pair is defined as one adult and one child (age 7-11).

Member registration for these classes opens December 11 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Register for Hearth Cooking with Kids