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Member Mornings

Member Mornings are specially curated, private, FREE monthly events for LHF members only. These programs are targeted towards children ages 5 and up, but members of all ages are welcome! To ensure that our staff can provide the best experience possible, these events are limited to just 15 participants.

New for the 2019 season, members will be asked to pre-register online prior to the event. These events are still free! After you’ve registered online, you’ll check in at the admissions desk in the Visitor Center on the morning of the program. Registration will close online at 8am on the morning of the event, unless the program is full. Of course, since these events are free, you will never be charged for not attending. However, due to the exclusivity and limited scheduled for these programs, we encourage you to carefully consider your family’s schedule before registering and potentially taking a spot from another member.

The reservations for these programs are now full. Please send an email to with your requested date and group size to be added to a wait list. Wait-listed families will be contacted the day before each member morning if their family will be able to attend. Questions about Member Mornings or want to modify or cancel an existing reservation? Please call our membership department at (515)278-5286 x 158 or send an email with your request to

Questions? Contact our Guest Services & Membership Coordinator at or 515.278.5286 x158.


Member Mornings – Schedule of Activities

Saturday, May 25, 2019, 9:30-10:30am
Indoor Chores at the 1900 Farm

Take the tractor cart ride to the 1900 Farm and join our interpreters in housekeeping and morning household chores. Learn about life as a kid in the early 20th century, help make the beds, and get busy with other farmhouse chores. After the indoor chores are done, visit our new calves, along with Sam, Judah, and Ben (our Percheron horses), and our mule, Brandy, in the barn and farmyard. Then stop into our new Honey Bee Exhibit, or catch a tractor back into town. The first tractor cart of the day will depart for the 1900 Farm at 9:30am, just for Member Morning attendees.

This program is now full.


Saturday, June 22, 2019, 9:30am-10:00am
Chicken Chores at the Tangen House

Did you know that some scientists believe that chickens are descendants of Velociraptors and the Tyrannosaurus Rex? Interact with the chickens at the Tangen House as they chirp, crow, peck the dirt, and pounce for bugs in the grass. The staff at the Tangen House will need your help with morning chores such as feeding and collecting eggs! Enjoy a guided tour of the versatile animal stable, known as the carriage house.

This program is now full.


Saturday, July 20, 2019, 10-10:30am
Mind Your Manners at the Flynn Mansion

Learn about life  in the upper class as a child in the mid-to-late 19th century. How do you hold your tea cup? Why does the Flynn Mansion have two separate sets of staircases? Which fork do you use first at dinner? Learn all of this and more, as you enjoy a guided kitchen tour, etiquette lesson, and overview of Victorian tableware. Children can help set the table, shake out the tablecloth, and have a hand at helping with dishes.

This program is now full.


Saturday, August 24, 2019, 9:30-10am
Exploring the Print Shop

Did you know that many of the font styles that we are all familiar with today, were also used on 19th century newspaper and other prints? Enjoy a guided tour of the Print Shop in our 1876 Town of Walnut Hill. Explore the pieces of moveable type on the printing press. Learn about the drastic differences between newspapers of the past, and newspapers today!

This program is now full.


Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10-10:30am
Ioway Farm Activities

1700 era Ioway farmers raised corn, beans, and squash. Men and women were typically assigned different roles to make sure the family was fed and clothed. Learn what it means to be a subsistence farmer, and explore garden tools from the past. Learn more about the Ioway tribe’s seasonal lodging, and enjoy a guided tour of the garden.

This program is now full.

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