Member Mornings are exclusive members-only immersive experiences each month! These programs are FREE for members and they will take place on a variety of days throughout the season from May-September.
Pre-registration is not required, but space is limited. Each program is first-come, first-served. Each program is limited to a specific number of members that sign up at the admissions desk on the day of the program (see the program capacity by each program description below). Children must have parental/adult accompaniment to participate. Please arrive early to reserve your spot and allow time to travel to the historic site. All programs begin at 9:30am and last approximately 30-45 minutes.
Questions? Contact our Guest Services & Membership Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515.278.5286 x158.
Limit 10 members, Adults & Children 6 and up
Join us at the Schaefer Drug Store for an apprentice’s eye look at an 1875 pharmacy. In 1875, new druggists mastered their trade through apprenticeship. Discover some of the tasks apprentices might be expected to learn. Study a word or two of scientific Latin, measure out ingredients, package a customer order, and peek at the leeches! Check in at admissions starting at 9am, program starts at 9:30am.
Limit 15 members, Adults & Children ages 6 and up
Have your ever wanted a maid or butler to help you clean around the house? Were wealthy Victorian children expected to do chores just like any other kids or were there servants to do all the work? We will explore some of the nooks and crannies of the Flynn Mansion to see just what kind of work there was to do in a time before vacuum cleaners and dishwashers. Have your feather dusters at the ready! Check in at admissions starting at 9am, program starts at 9:30am.
Limit 20 members, Adults, Children 8 & up
Meet the manager of the Walnut Hill Bluestockings and take a personal skill lesson from team members. Players will talk about 19th century game rules and what skills are needed to play 1875 town ball. Explore reproduction baseball equipment up close and practice your own 19th century baseball skills. Check in at admissions starting at 9am, program starts at 9:30am.
Limit 12 members, Adults, Children 6 & up
Meet at Mrs. Elliot’s Millinery shop for an up close and personal look at hat fashion in 1875. Learn the difference between a cap, a hat, and a bonnet. Explore the size, shape, and colors popular in the 19th century. Practice some hat etiquette and correct hat placement. This is a special one-time opportunity to try on the shop’s fancy bonnets! Check in at admissions starting at 9am, program starts at 9:30am.
Limit 15 members, Adults, Children 6 & up
Join the Walnut Hill Schoolmarm for this look at school and popular children’s recess games. Children will work through a simple recitation exercise, focusing on memorizing and reciting in front of a class and then will play typical group recess games of the 1870s. Check in at admissions starting at 9am, program starts at 9:30am.