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June 2018

History Happy Hour – Postponed

Thursday, June 21 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Due to the weather forecast, History Happy Hour has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 19 from 5:30-8:30pm. Ticket purchasers will be contacted. History Happy Hour on July 19 Take a ride in our Ford Model-T,…

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Teacher Appreciation Day

Friday, June 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Living History Farms says thank you to all of the teachers who put in the time and effort to bring learning to life for their students. If you've never been to Living History Farms with…

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teacher in 1875 classroom

July 2018

Independence Day

Wednesday, July 4 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Open 9am-4pm, with games beginning at 11am. 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…

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kids participate in sack race at independence day event

Historic Baseball

Wednesday, July 4 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Watch the origins of “America’s Greatest Pastime” by catching a Walnut Hill Bluestockings 1875-rules baseball game. The team, made up of LHF volunteers, follow Gentleman’s rules, which include: no mitts allowed; the batter, or “striker”,…

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Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster 1844–2012

Thursday, July 5 - Thursday, August 16

Wallace Exhibit Center, Living History Farms Historically, the ephemeral hardworking American political poster has been hiding in plain sight, attempting to catch our eye and capture our vote through the use of visual language. unidentified…

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Sign of the Times Exhibit

Ioway Culture Day

Saturday, July 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The people of the Ioway nation were some of Iowa’s first farmers! Explore this Native American culture which gave Iowa its name. Visit our 1700 Ioway Farm where farm staff will present hands-on activities to showcase how…

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guest presenter at 1700 Ioway Farm

Medicine Shows

Saturday, July 14 @ 11:15 am - 1:30 pm

Performances at 11:15 am and 1:00 pm The Living History Farms Melodrama Society will present two performances of Prof. Savage's Traveling Medicine Show just behind the Flynn Mansion, next to the flower gardens. Actors in period…

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actors perform in medicine show

New! History Happy Hour

Thursday, July 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Take a ride in our Ford Model-T, meet one of our Percheron horses, and challenge your friends to some classic 19th century lawn games - all with a drink in your hand. Explore some of the…

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Election Day

Saturday, July 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

It’s Election Day in Walnut Hill. The 1875 town makes a decision at the polls and you’re invited to help get out the vote! Join candidates for an 1875 style mayoral debate, try giving a…

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1875 citizens hold political banner

August 2018

Grain Harvest

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

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. From hand power to horsepower, witness it all…

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