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Embroidered Tidies – keeping the 19th century home clean and pretty!

Posted on February 28, 2017

All winter, the 1875 Tangen House has been open to dinner guests. In March, the Flynn Mansion will also be hosting guests for a special 19th century meal. These homes showcase Victorian furnishings, artifacts and…

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dinner host at Tangen

Dinner Tidbits

Posted on January 11, 2016

Hi! I’m Lucy, the Historic Dinner Program Coordinator at Living History Farms. I wanted to share a few behind the scenes tidbits about our winter historic dinners. One of the unintentionally best-kept secrets here at Living History Farms is our…

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Flynn Mansion in the snow

New Year’s Calling

Posted on December 30, 2015

It is almost 2016! Many people are planning a New Year’s Eve party on December 31st and then a solid day of parades and football watching on January 1st. In the 1870s, our Mr. and Mrs….

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card game in tangen parlor

Fun and Games

Posted on December 23, 2015

Everyone is getting into the holiday spirit by now, and starting to make time for festivals, soirees, and visits amongst friends. These are often full of food and revelry, and sometimes friendly competitions. Some families…

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decorated tree at tangen home

Trees that Glisten

Posted on December 2, 2015

We see them everywhere in December, twinkling with lights and full of colorful ornaments, but have you ever stopped to think about how old the tradition of the Christmas tree really is, and how it…

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Thanksgiving meal

19th Century Thanksgiving

Posted on November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving is one of America’s favorite holidays. Generally filled with food and family, and often football, it is a time to reflect on the blessings of the year and share our table with each other. Iowans in the…

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basket of knitting and craft supplies

Winter is Coming! Break out the Carding Paddles

Posted on November 16, 2015

Now that the inevitable chill of winter is beginning to set in, it’s time to start getting out the fleece petticoats, wool bonnets, and knit hats, gloves, and shawls. Our museum guides offer several cold…

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1870s illustration - holiday celebration

Americanitis and the Holiday Hustle

Posted on November 3, 2015

It’s the first week of November. For many people, this is the beginning of a wonderful harvest and holiday season running all the way into January. For many others, this is the beginning of a…

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Flynn mansion in spring

Family Research

Posted on October 19, 2015

At Living History Farms, we are constantly researching. Many different sources are used to provide the facts that ultimately help interpreters tell the stories our guests experience every time they come to the museum. In…

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judges for cooking competition

Cast Iron Cooking Showdown

Posted on September 30, 2015

Fall is sports season in Iowa. Football, volleyball, and cross country running are all big high school and college sports. The fall puts us all in the spirit for a little friendly competition. On September…

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