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Hidden Treasures

Posted on February 9, 2021

February 9, 2021 Living History Farms may be closed to touring during the winter months, but did you know that you can still see many Farms favorites from the comfort of your couch? We’ve been…

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May Your Holidays Be Shiny and Bright

Posted on December 23, 2020

December 23, 2020 These festive baubles are mid-20th century Christmas tree ornaments from our historic artifact collection. This collection features two very popular types of ornaments, the iconic Shiny Brites and imported mercury glass. The…

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Small Pleasures – Winter

Posted on February 22, 2018

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…

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Dinner Tidbits

Posted on January 11, 2016

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…

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The Start of Something New

Posted on May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015 Hello! I’m Melinda, the site supervisor at the 1700 Ioway Farm. What do you see when you look at this picture? Those of us at Living History Farms see the start of…

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Winter Mending

Posted on March 2, 2015

March 2, 2015 Living History Farms’ museum guides are often seen in period correct clothing when they are demonstrating at the museum’s historic shops, farms, and homes. A large part of this clothing is actually made right here at…

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What a difference a coat of paint can make!

Posted on February 23, 2015

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…

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Digging Out from the Snow

Posted on February 7, 2014

It is no secret that we have spent a lot of time during this Iowa winter digging out from the snow. Many are anxiously awaiting Spring, which is still 6 weeks away. While it is…

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Multiple Hitches

Posted on November 18, 2013

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…

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Welcome, Harvey!

Posted on April 17, 2013

April 17, 2013 The 1900 Farm welcomed a new animal into our herd earlier this year: a boar who has been given the farm name of “Harvey”.  Harvey is an 18 month old purebred Berkshire…

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