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December 2017

Adult Education Program: Christmas Cake & Victorian Trifles

Tuesday, December 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Advanced registrations required. Join Living History Farms staff for a sweet look at Victorian treats. Bake a gingerbread cake “from scratch” and make a fruit cake actually worth eating! Consider a fruit or icing topping.…

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ingredients for baking a cake
January 2018

Adult Education Program: Death by Chocolate – Victorian Style

Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Advanced registrations required. Join Living History Farms staff for a sweet look at Victorian chocolate treats. Chocolate may have been less common in the 19th century, but there were still cakes, sauces and other delicious chocolaty…

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cake with chocolate sauce

Cabin Fever: Farms Uncorked

Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Come graze with us, celebrating Iowa’s rich culinary bounty with unique monthly tastings in our Visitor Center. Gather your friends and explore local food and beverage specialties made from Iowa agricultural products. Enjoy chatting with winemakers…

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Visitors chat with a vendor at Farms Uncorked
February 2018

Adult Education Program: Sourdough Bread

Saturday, February 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Advanced registrations required. Ever wonder what makes bread rise? Come and learn the science of leavening while baking a loaf of sourdough bread in a wood-fired oven. Create other tasty treats while working in an…

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participant prepares dough

Adult Education Program: Spinning with a Spinning Wheel

Saturday, February 3, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Advanced registrations required. Learn the basics of transforming wool into yarn. Participants will card wool, and learn to use a spinning wheel. Small class size guarantees lots of individual attention and plenty of time to practice! Have…

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spinning wheel

Adult Education Program: Victorian Date Night

Friday, February 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Advanced registrations required. Experience the romance of the Victorian era in this class! Join LHF staffers for a Victorian Date Night at the 1875 era Tangen Home. This class is designed for courting couples whether…

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Victorian date night

Family Education Program: Letterpress Printing with Kids

Saturday, February 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Advanced registrations required. Get up close and hands on with the big printing machinery in the 1875 Advocate Newspaper Print Shop at Living History Farms. Choose from several historic designs and then print a set…

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girls choose type for their projects in the print shop

Family Education Program: Victorian Valentine’s Day with Kids

Saturday, February 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Advanced registrations required. Bring your little Valentine for an afternoon of mutual admiration in Victorian society at the Flynn Mansion! Discover how to meet and greet friends in the 1870s. Practice the etiquette for walking,…

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visitors make crafts at flynn mansion

Adult Education Program: Victorian Perfumes & Pampering Potions

Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Advanced registrations required. Explore the world of Victorian pampering at the Schaeffer Drug Store at Living History Farms. Tour the pharmacy for a look at the beauty and spa  products available to past generations! Sniff…

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staff member compounds ingredients in the drug store

Adult Education Program: Cast Iron in a Modern Kitchen

Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Advanced registrations required. 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…

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Cast iron pots and pans
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