CURRENT HOURS: CLOSED FOR GENERAL SEASON; OPEN MAY 1, 2018

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 breadbaking 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

  • For January-April classes: Member registration opens December 14 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 21 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 Adult Classes

These classes are for adults ages 18 and up.

Date


Time


Subject


Location


Saturday, Mar. 3 1:00-3:00pm Tastes of the Ioway Conference Center
Saturday, Mar. 10 9:00am-noon Blacksmithing Basics – SOLD OUT Blacksmith
Saturday, Mar. 10 1:00-4:30pm Blacksmithing: Items for the Home Blacksmith
Saturday, Mar. 24 9:30am-12:30pm 19th Century Breadbaking Tangen Home
Saturday, Apr. 7 9:00am-noon Blacksmithing Basics – SOLD OUT Blacksmith
Saturday, Apr. 7 1:30-5:30pm Blacksmithing: Make a Camp Tripod – SOLD OUT Blacksmith
Saturday, Apr. 7 1:30-4:30pm Basic Broommaking Broom Shop
Saturday, Apr. 14 9:00am-noon All About Meats 1900 Farm
Saturday, Apr. 14 9:00am-1:00pm Pioneer Hearth Cooking – SOLD OUT 185o Pioneer Farm
Saturday, Apr. 21 9:00-11:00am Bacon and Eggs 1900 Farm
Saturday, Apr. 21 9:00am-noon Basics of Driving Draft Horses & Mules 1900 Farm
Saturday, Apr. 21 1:30-4:30pm Intermediate Draft Horse Driving 1900 Farm

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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, Mar. 17 9:00am-noon Woodstove Cooking with Kids Tangen Home

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Adult Class Descriptions

Cast iron pots and pansCast Iron in a Modern Kitchen

Virtually indestructible, 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. Feel free to bring your cast iron cookware along! Also bring an apron, a water bottle, and containers for any left-over food. Class will be taught in a MODERN kitchen. All costs of materials are included in the cost of the class.

  • Saturday, February 17 from 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Conference Center
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $65.00

Member registration for this class opens December 14 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 21 at 10am.

Registration is now closed for this class.

 

Ioway stewTastes of the Ioway: Native Iowan 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. LHF staff will introduce the Ioway culture c.1700 and talk about the resources available to them 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 (using a modern kitchen and utensils) and then sit down to taste several different dishes while exploring the cooking pots and utensils used by Native Tribes. All costs of materials are included in the cost of the class.

  • Saturday, March 3 from 1:00-3:30pm
  • Conference Center
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 4, Maximum 6; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $55.00

Member registration for this class opens December 14 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 21 at 10am.

Register for Tastes of the Ioway

 

fire and tools in blacksmith shopBlacksmithing Basics – SOLD OUT

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 (shop is heated by a wood-burning stove only!). Bring eye protection and a water bottle. All costs of materials are included in the cost of the class.

  • Saturday, March 10 from 9:00am-noon or Saturday, April 7 from 9:00am-noon
  • Blacksmith (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $65.00

Member registration for these classes opens December 14 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 21 at 10am.

Blacksmithing Basics on March 10 and April 7 – Sorry, these classes are sold out. To be placed on a waitlist, please call 515-278-5286 ext. 110.

 

participant attends to the fire in blacksmith shopBlacksmithing: 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.  As a special treat- learn how to make leaves out of metal! It is helpful if you have taken a 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 (shop is heated by a wood-burning stove only!). Bring eye protection and a water bottle. All costs of materials are included in the cost of the class.

  • Saturday, March 10 from 1:00-4:30pm
  • Blacksmith (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 4; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $75.00

Member registration for this class opens December 14 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 21 at 10am.

Register for Blacksmithing: Items for the Home

 

participant braiding 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? If so, try your hand at biscuits, yeast bread and cinnamon rolls in a 1875-era farm kitchen while learning the history of bread making. Afterwards, sit around the table and enjoy your creations. Make sure to bring containers in which to take home leftover food, as well as an apron and a water bottle. Recipes and all costs of materials are included in the cost of class.

  • Saturday, March 24 from 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Tangen Home (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $65.00

Member registration for this class opens December 14 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 21 at 10am.

Register for 19th Century Breadbaking

 

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

Students will get a good work out as they learn about historic blacksmithing techniques. Participants will forge a large camp tripod that doubles as a rotisserie or decorative plant hanger in the front yard (retail value over $50.00)! The finished project will stand between 5 and 6 feet tall, and is based on a Civil War era design, great for those who camp or do reenacting. Students will learn these blacksmithing skills: 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 eye protection and a water bottle. All costs of materials are included in the cost of the class.

  • Saturday, April 7 from 1:30-5:30pm
  • Blacksmith (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 4; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $75.00

Member registration for this class opens December 14 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 21 at 10am.

Sorry, this class is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist, please call 515-278-5286 ext. 110.

 

broom made using 1875 equipmentBasic Broommaking

You are going to get swept up in this class! Use 19th century broommaking equipment to craft a variety of attractive and useful corn brooms. Make a cake tester that can be used to test those baking projects or decorated as a centerpiece. Make a hearth broom for the fireplace or as a gift. Then bind and sew a children’s sweeping broom—just in time for those spring cleaning projects.  (Retail value of brooms more than $30.00). Dress for a work environment. All costs of materials are included in the cost of the class.

  • Saturday, April 7 from 1:30-4:30pm
  • Broom Shop (Check in at Visitor Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $55.00

Member registration for this class opens December 14 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 21 at 10am.

Register for Basic Broommaking

 

meatAll About Meats

Back by popular demand! All about meats – from farm to fork. This class will cover all of your common meat-related questions. Where is the loin on a cow? How do you stuff a sausage? What is the proper way to dress and carve poultry? Historically, what methods were available for preserving meat? Answer all of these questions, and more, through hands-on experiences and activities at the 1900 Farm. Participants will make sausages to take home, so bring a container. Dress for being on a farm, as part of this class takes place outside. All costs of materials are included in the cost of the class.

  • Saturday, April 14 from 9:00am-noon
  • 1900 Farm (Check in at Conference Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $65.00

Member registration for this class opens December 14 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 21 at 10am.

Register for All About Meats

 

cast iron pot over an open hearth firePioneer Hearth Cooking – SOLD OUT

Ever wonder how new settlers in Iowa cooked without a wood-burning stove? 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, 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 and a water bottle. Note:  You will be eating your meal around 12:30pm, so plan accordingly. All costs of materials are included in the cost of the class.

  • Saturday, April 14 from 9:00am-1:00pm
  • 1850 Pioneer Farm (Check in at Conference Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 3, Maximum 5; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $80.00

Member registration for this class opens December 14 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 21 at 10am.

Sorry, this class is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist, please call 515-278-5286 ext. 110.

 

eggsBacon and Eggs

Explore this breakfast combination at the source! Meet the chickens and pigs at the 1900 Farm with a frank discussion of how each provide the farmer with eggs and meat. Head back into the kitchen to prepare 19th century egg dishes, taste local artisanal bacons and have some morning coffee. Bring an apron and a water bottle. Note:  You will be eating your meal around 10:30am, so plan accordingly. All costs of materials are included in the cost of the class.

  • Saturday, April 21 from 9:00am-11:00am
  • 1900 Farm (Check in at Conference Center)
  • Number of Participants: Minimum 4, Maximum 8; Ages 18 and up
  • Fee: $50.00

Member registration for this class opens December 14 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 21 at 10am.

Register for Bacon and Eggs

 

horsesBasics of Driving Draft Horses and Mules

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. Bring gloves and a water bottle. Small class size guarantees lots of 1-1 instruction, and driving time! Dress for the weather and for being on a 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 21 from 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 this class opens December 14 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 21 at 10am.

Register for Basics of Driving Draft Horses and Mules

 

horses pulling farm implementsIntermediate 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! Bring gloves and a water bottle, and remember to dress for the weather and for being on a farm around animals. Class will be held rain or shine.

  • Saturday, April 21 from 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 this class opens December 14 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 21 at 10am.

Register for Intermediate Draft Horse Driving

 


 

Family Class Descriptions

boy stirs pot on wood-burning stoveWoodstove Cooking with Kids

Explore the 1875 kitchen with your child, 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 woodstove cooking class is designed to get kids and parents or 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. Bring containers to take home any leftovers, aprons, and a water bottle. And, yes, you will get recipes to take home and try. Note: You will be eating around 11:30am, so plan accordingly. All costs of materials are included in the cost of the class.

  • Saturday, March 17 from 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: $45.00/pair. A pair is defined as one adult and one child (age 7-11).

Member registration for this class opens December 14 at 10am. Registration opens for the general public on December 21 at 10am.

Register for Woodstove Cooking with Kids