Member Mornings

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 or 515.278.5286 x158.


Member Mornings – Schedule of Activities

Saturday, May 19, 2018 – Drug Store Apprentices

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.


Saturday, June 23, 2018 – Whistle While You Work

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.


Wednesday, July 4, 2018 – Baseball Skills Training Day

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.


Saturday, August 25, 2018 – Bonnet Fashionistas

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.


Saturday, September 29, 2018 – Recess and Recitation

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.


Saturday, October 6, 2018 – Fall Members-Only Breakfast

Limit 24 members, All Ages

Join us for an exclusive Members-Only Breakfast on Saturday, October 6 at 8:15am! Kick off your Saturday with a catered breakfast from Hy-Vee, and be the first through the door when the museum opens at 9:00am. At approximately 8:40am, one of our historic interpreters will have a brief presentation on 19th Century food and dining, and the MarketPlace Museum Store will open early at 8:45am especially for our members.

Have you ever wondered how the meals we eat today are different from meals in the 1800’s?  Learn about 19th century grocery shopping and dining habits before a day of exploring our 1875 Town of Walnut Hill and our three working farm sites!

Tickets will be available online starting September 18 at 11am, for LHF members only. Adult member tickets (ages 19+) are $12, and child member tickets (ages 18-2) are $9. Babies ages 1 and 0 are welcome to attend for free, but we will NOT have highchairs available. We have limited tickets available, so don’t delay!

Purchase tickets for our Members-only Breakfast