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November 2017

Adult Education Program: Blacksmithing Basics

Saturday, November 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Advanced registrations required. The class is designed to give someone with little or no metal working skills as a hands-on, fun “be a blacksmith for a day” experience. Explore the basics of forge work in…

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participants work on projects in the blacksmith shop

Family Education Program: Holiday Card Letterpress Printing with Teens

Saturday, November 4 @ 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

Adult Education Program: Blacksmithing – Females at the Forge

Saturday, November 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Advanced registrations required. Never been in a blacksmith shop? No problem! As you learn you will be making decorative items for use in your home. Explore the basic techniques and tools used to do blacksmithing.…

fire and tools in blacksmith shop

Family Education Program: Basic Blacksmithing with Teens

Saturday, November 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Advanced registrations required. This class will allow a parent/grandparent to work with a teen as they learn historic blacksmithing techniques in a historic setting. Everyone will get to make several small, hands-on projects, such as…

teen and LHF staff member work in blacksmith shop

Adult Education Program: Blacksmithing – Items for the Home

Saturday, November 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Advanced registrations required. Students will have the opportunity to make at least 2 of the following decorative projects for the home: candleholders, napkin rings, hooks, decorative metal paper towel holder, a letter opener, or suggest a…

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participant attends to the fire in blacksmith shop

Family Education Program: Victorian Family Parlor Games – Parents & Teens

Saturday, November 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Advanced registrations required. Victorian Games for Fun and Amusement: or how to entertain your family when the power goes out! Is company coming? How do you entertain a room full of people without the benefit…

LHF instructor explains parlor game rules to participants

Family Education Program: Scents of the Season – The 19th Century Drug Store with Kids

Thursday, November 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Advanced registrations required. Explore potions and perfumery as you spend time at the 1875 Drug Store at Living History Farms! Discover the scents, oils and spices used to make the fall and winter special in…

child enjoying activities in the drug store

Living History Farms Race

Saturday, November 18

The 39th annual off-road race at Living History Farms, presented by Central Iowa Race Corp, raises funds for Living History Farms and other community causes. Over the last 16 years, the race has given over…

December 2017

Family Christmas

Saturday, December 2 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for a day of holiday traditions filled with Christmas cheer! Bundle up for a horse-drawn wagon ride to visit the historic Flynn Mansion, where you can help decorate the tree and participate in…

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family poses by decorations at the flynn mansion

Adult Education Program: Victorian Hat Trims – Holiday Edition

Thursday, December 7 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Advanced registrations required. Winter hats need winter trims! Explore the velvet bows, fur what-nots and shiny ribbons used in creating flowers, cockades and other trims for fancy hats and clothing! Join LHF staff milliners for…

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