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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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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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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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Message in a Blossom: The Victorian Language of Flowers

Posted on August 20, 2014

Ever since ancient times, flowers have held both practical and cultural significance. Whether the question at hand was decoration, medicine, or the wooing of a potential mate, men and women have turned to flowers for help….

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Taking Tea in the Garden

Posted on August 13, 2014

A beautiful rug, sparkling silver, and brilliant flowers: the scene is set for garden tea outside the Flynn Mansion. On a lovely Sunday afternoon in July, several staff members, interns, and volunteers created their own…

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Tea Time at the Flynn House

Posted on June 19, 2013

“Tea time” is our favorite time of day at the Flynn Mansion. Around two o’clock each afternoon the Flynn ladies gather in the back parlor or the dining room for a cup of tea. We started…

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Spotted: Independent Order of Odd Fellows Wall Hanging

Posted on June 17, 2013

Happy Monday everyone! Kate here, with another treasure to share from the 1900 Farm collections! I discovered this week’s item, a needlepoint wall hanging, above the bed in the parents’ room. I had seen the…

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From Still Life to Snapshots; Tracing Early Photography

Posted on September 19, 2012

Autumn is generally considered one of the most picturesque of seasons. Though some leaves are turning early this year with the drought, no doubt for the next month or so we will enjoy colorful panoramic…

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Celebrating a Day of Rest

Posted on August 30, 2012

Our theme this year at the Farms is all about celebrating recreation and fun in 18th and 19th century Iowa, so I thought it would be interesting to look at the origins of Labor Day,…

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