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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 opportunity to participate.

 


Adult Education group pose for photo opp on Tangen porch

Need to Know


 

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


Saturday, October 319:30-11:00 amBiscuits and GravyTangen House
Sunday, November 19:30-11:00 amSheep Chores1900 Farm
Saturday, November 71:30-3:00 pmVictorian PamperingDrug Store
Tuesday, November 176:15-7:45 pmSetting a Victorian TableFlynn Mansion
Tuesday, November 246:15-7:45 pmSOLD OUT – Norwegian Pastry and PunchTangen House
Tuesday, December 86:15-7:45 pmSOLD OUT – Cup Cakes and CocoaTangen House
Tuesday, December 156:15-7:45 pmPepperkakker and CiderTangen House

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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


Sunday, November 81:00-4:00pmSOLD OUT – 19th Century Bread BakingTangen House
Sunday, November 141:00-4:00pmSOLD OUT – Basics of Woodstove CookingTangen House

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Signature Sampler Class Descriptions

participant mixingBiscuits & Gravy

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.

  • Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 9:30-11:00 am
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 4; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $40.00

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sheepSheep Chores

All things sheep! Meet the wooly ewes that live at the 1900 Farm and help with morning chores, such as feeding, watering, and checking ewes in anticipation of lambs. Dress for being outside on the farm.

  • Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 9:30-11:00 am
  • 1900 Farm (Check in at Murray Conference Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 4; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $40.00

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Schaffer Drug StoreVictorian Pampering

Explore the Schaffer Drug Store and the beauty products offered to Victorian Iowans. Mix a cologne or perfume and stir up some bath salts to indulge in at home.

  • Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 1:30-3:00 pm
  • Drug Store (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 4; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $40.00

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table at Flynn decorated for the holidaysSetting the Victorian Holiday Table

The holidays bring out our best china and flatware. Are you confident about where to put your soup spoon on the table? Set the Flynn Mansion dining table for an elegant 19th century party and discover the multitude of knives and forks involved. Finish the table by learning a fancy napkin fold.

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 6:15-7:45 pm
  • Flynn Mansion (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 4; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $40.00

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baking cookiesSOLD OUT – Norwegian Kringla and Spiced Punch

Mix and bake our favorite Norwegian sweet roll in our wood-burning stove. While that is baking, learn what spices go in traditional Holiday Punch.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 6:15-7:45 pm
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 4; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $40.00

This class is sold out.

 

interpreter in TangenSOLD OUT – Cup Cakes and Cocoa

A cup cake was once a simple cake mixed with a cup of butter, a cup of sugar, a cup of flour, and eggs. This popular simple sweet always tastes better baked in a woodstove and served with homemade hot chocolate. Mix up a pot of chocolate to drink and a batch of cup cakes to enjoy in the cozy holiday kitchen.

  • Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 6:15-7:45 pm
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 4; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $40.00

This class is sold out.

 

interpreter pulling cookies out of stovePepperkakker and Cider

Enjoy the tastes and smells of cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, and cloves as you mix and bake this intense Scandinavian style of crisp gingerbread cookie in the 1870s woodstove.

  • Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 6:15-7:45 pm
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 4; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $40.00

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Historic Skills Class Descriptions

kneading bread doughSOLD OUT – 19th Century Bread Baking

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 1876-era farm kitchen while learning the history of bread making. Afterwards, sit around the table and enjoy your creations while learning more about the house and the type of family that would have lived there.

  • Sunday, November 8, 2020 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Tangen Home (Check in at the Visitors Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 4; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $65.00
  • Please bring an apron, water bottle, and containers in case of leftovers!

This class is sold out.

 

1900 stoveSOLD OUT – Basics of Cooking on a Wood Burning Stove

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? Do you just want to try cooking like your great-grandparents? Roll up your sleeves and make hearty meat stew, a vegetable dish, bread and a cake. Participants will 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 last minute questions. And, yes, you will get recipes to take home and try!

  • Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Tangen Home (Check in at the Visitors Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 4; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $65.00
  • Please bring an apron, water bottle, and containers in case of leftovers!

This class is sold out.