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Planting the Fields

Posted on June 19, 2018

Spring has given way to summer early at Living History Farms. While April was cold, May was hot, filling our spring planting season with 90 degree days. Despite the early heat, we have enjoyed the…

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Small Pleasures – Winter

Posted on February 22, 2018

“Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don’t collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don’t really…

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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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Quarter-Quarter Sections? What’s a Back Forty?

Posted on July 16, 2015

Living History Farms is pleased to host House & Home, a traveling exhibit organized by NEH on the Road, through August 11, 2015. The exhibit encourages visitors to explore how our ideal of the perfect house…

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Cherry time!

Posted on June 8, 2015

Over one million people visit Washington, D.C. every spring to celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival celebrates friendship between the USA and Japan, and an initial gift of 3,000 cherry trees that were…

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What a difference a coat of paint can make!

Posted on February 23, 2015

So many things happen at the 1900 Farm house all through the year, we sometimes have to plan a shutdown just to get some regular maintenance done. We recently shut the house down for about…

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Savoring A Classic Summer Flavor

Posted on September 2, 2014

It’s been a busy summer here on the farm. Mild weather has meant many visitors from nearby and faraway places. It’s meant taking a break from posting things on the blog, but as days get…

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Sowing our Oats

Posted on June 11, 2014

This post is a little late in coming to you, but what can I say? We’ve been busy since opening in May! Between all the school tours and farm work to be done, this post…

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Colorful Beets

Posted on February 28, 2014

When planning a menu for dinner, there are several choices to be made. Generally speaking, a menu consists of a protein, a starch of some sort, and at least one vegetable. Menu planning in 1900…

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Multiple Hitches

Posted on November 18, 2013

Since the touring season has ended, I thought I’d give you a little peek behind the scenes on what we’ve been up to on the 1900 farm. A few weeks ago, we got a fun…

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