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June 2022

American Farmer

Tuesday, June 21 @ 9:00 am - Thursday, October 20 @ 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

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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pstriotic bunting on picket fence

Quilters of the Prairie

Saturday, July 2 @ 9:00 am - Saturday, August 27 @ 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

Pioneer Wedding

Saturday, July 16 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm CDT

Visit the 1850 Pioneer Farm for a re-created pioneer wedding! Travel out to the farm to meet Living History Farms’ July bride as you join the 1850 Farm staff for a wedding celebration, including a…

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historic interpreters dressed as bride, groom, and flower girl

Medicine Show

Saturday, July 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CDT
Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Rd
Urbandale, IA United States
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Performances at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Behind Flynn Mansion, near the flower gardens Each performance lasts approximately a half-hour; seating and shade is available. The Living History Farms Melodrama Society presents Prof. Savage’s Traveling…

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actors perform in medicine show

August 2022

Grain Harvest

Saturday, August 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT

Living History Farms’ “original” community event! Get your hands dirty and help our interpreters bring in this year’s grain harvest, using methods from 1850 to the present—hand power to horse power to "newfangled" steam power.…

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guests watching historic interpreters on hay wagon

Medicine Show

Saturday, August 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CDT
Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Rd
Urbandale, IA United States
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Performances at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Behind Flynn Mansion, near the flower gardens Each performance lasts approximately a half-hour; seating and shade is available. The Living History Farms Melodrama Society presents Prof. Savage’s Traveling…

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actors perform in medicine show

September 2022

Happy Danes on the Plains

Thursday, September 1 @ 9:00 am - Friday, September 30 @ 4:00 pm CDT

Come explore Danish immigrant culture through photos, text, and interviews and celebrate the cultural history that brings communities together. "Happy Danes on the Plains" is on loan from the Museum of Danish America. Open Tuesday–Saturday, 9…

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sepia portrait of men holding band instruments

Medicine Show

Saturday, September 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CDT
Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Rd
Urbandale, IA United States
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Performances at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Behind Flynn Mansion, near the flower gardens Each performance lasts approximately a half-hour; seating and shade is available. The Living History Farms Melodrama Society presents Prof. Savage’s Traveling…

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actors perform in medicine show

Fall Homeschool Day

Friday, September 9 @ 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
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