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May 2022

Quilters of the Prairie

Tuesday, May 3 @ 9:00 am - Saturday, June 11 @ 4:00 pm CDT

Enjoy this exhibit of quilts selected from the Living History Farms collection. Along with quilts from the 1830s to the 1920s, you’ll find stories and photos of the quilters. Open Tuesday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Exhibit…

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quilts on display

Toward a Universal Suffrage: African American Women in Iowa and the Vote for All

Tuesday, May 3 @ 9:00 am - Friday, July 1 @ 4:00 pm CDT

Come celebrate the contributions of African American women in Iowa's suffrage movement. Discover the organizations, events, and women that promoted suffrage in Iowa. "Toward a Universal Suffrage" is a collaboration of the Iowa Department of…

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exhibit panels with photos and text

Decoration Day & Historic Baseball

Saturday, May 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT

Be a part of America's early Memorial Day traditions! March in a procession to the town cemetery for a moving pageant of Victorian ceremony and speeches, honoring the Union’s fallen heroes. At 3 p.m., watch…

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patriotic wreath at cemetery

June 2022

Spring Homeschool Day

Friday, June 3 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT

Living History Farms’ Homeschool Days are the perfect opportunity for families to learn together. You and your children will have the opportunity to tour the museum’s many historic areas, participate in hands-on activities, and have…

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teacher in one-room schoolhouse talking to two children

Fido on the Farms

Saturday, June 4 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT

Living History Farms welcomes dogs to the museum any day of the season, but on this day, we have special activities to celebrate our best furry friends! Bring your well-behaved pup to take a tractor…

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guests with great dane on porch of drug store

Emancipation Day: A Juneteenth Event

Saturday, June 11 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT

Gain a better understanding of the legacy and hope of emancipation and explore the Black experience in Iowa's history from early farmsteads through the 20th-century fight for civil rights. Expert presenters include Dr. Valerie Grim…

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engraving of emancipation proclamation

Election Day

Saturday, June 11 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT

Enjoy politicking in 19th-century style, as Walnut Hill gets ready to elect a new mayor. Hear townspeople argue the issues, campaign with the local “candidates,” and then cast your vote for the next town leader…

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historic interpreters dressed as suffragists

American Farmer

Thursday, June 16 @ 9:00 am - Thursday, August 11 @ 4:00 pm CDT

Paul Mobley captures the faces of America's farmers through his selection of 45 portraits. These images illustrate the geographic and cultural diversity of farming in America. "American Farmer" is on loan is on loan through…

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portrait of two young women in hay barn

Historic Baseball

Saturday, June 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT

Watch the origins of “America’s Greatest Pastime” by catching a Walnut Hill Bluestockings game. We play by 1876 rules, which include: No mitts allowed The batter, or “striker,” gets to call the pitch No cussin’…

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Walnut Hill Bluestockings batter swinging at ball

July 2022

Independence Day & Historic Baseball

Saturday, July 2 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT

Enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth with an iconic historic Independence Day celebration in the town of Walnut Hill. 1876 marks the first centennial of the United States, and Living History Farms’ Independence Day activities truly show…

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parade through Walnut Hill with US flag and horse-drawn wagon
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