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October 2017

Corn Harvest

Saturday, October 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Explore the importance of corn to farmers in the 19th century. Help shell and grind corn at the 1900 Farm and see the tools needed to process corn in the past. Take a peek in the…

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farmers and horses harvest corn crop

Member Morning

Saturday, October 7 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 am

Behind the Scenes Look at the Historic Quilt Show Members, meet a Historic Interpreter in the Flynn Mansion for a special Behind the Scenes tour of the Historic Quilt & Textile Show. Children are welcome…

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Medicine Show

Saturday, October 7 @ 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. Each performance lasts…

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actors perform in medicine show

Adult Education Program: Classic Comfort Foods

Tuesday, October 10 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Advanced registrations required. Join Living History Farm staff for some “stick to your ribs” comfort food and a cup of fresh coffee. Students will learn the art of making homemade noodles and other quick comfort…

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cooking in tangen kitchen

Adult Education Program: Victorian Hat Trims, The Basics

Thursday, October 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Advanced registrations required. Hat makers in the 19th and 20th century created flowers, cockades and other trims in their shops for adorning fancy hats and clothing.  Join LHF staff milliners for an evening of trims!…

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hat trims on display in the millinery

Victorian Funeral

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

Funeral Begins at 1 pm In 1875, the funeral was a pageant of honored traditions! Families gathered to find joy in a public celebration of a life well lived. At 1:00pm, join with historic interpreters as…

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interpreter drives horse-drawn hearse

Family Halloween

Thursday, October 19 - Sunday, October 22

October 19-22, 26-29, 5:30pm-8:30pm Horse-drawn wagon rides, storytellers, trick-or-treating, pumpkin bowling, and games delight all ages during this non-scary family event. On October 20, enjoy "spooky" stories with IPTV's Dan Wardell from 6:30-8:30pm in the Visitor Center! Enjoy…

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Visitors at Family Halloween

Last Day of General Season

Friday, October 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Today is the last day of our general visiting season. Don't miss your chance to touch, play and engage at each of our three working farm sites: 1700 Ioway Indian Farm, 1850 Pioneer Farm, and 1900 Horse-Powered Farm —…

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family poses in front of 1900 farm house

Family Halloween

Thursday, October 26 - Sunday, October 29

October 19-22, 26-29, 5:30pm-8:30pm Horse-drawn wagon rides, storytellers, trick-or-treating, pumpkin bowling, and games delight all ages during this non-scary family event. On October 20, enjoy "spooky" stories with IPTV's Dan Wardell from 6:30-8:30pm in the Visitor Center! Enjoy…

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Visitors at Family Halloween

Adult Education Program: Basics of Pioneer Hearth Cooking

Saturday, October 28 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Advanced registrations required. Learn the basics of hearth cooking, while exploring how new settlers in Iowa produced, prepared, and preserved food. Participants will use 1850s era recipes to make their lunch. While your meal is…

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cast iron pot over an open hearth fire
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