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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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Meet the Fordson F Tractor

Posted on June 1, 2015

Living History Farms has many 20th century tractors in our historic machinery collection. Some of these tractors are used for demonstration and to support the real farming work at our historic sites. A few of…

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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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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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Threshing on the Farm

Posted on August 27, 2011

One of the most memorable times for visitors to the 1900 Farms seems to be the days when threshing happens.  We get older visitors who remember running water out to the fields or over to…

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Binding the Oats

Posted on August 5, 2011

The past two days on the 1900 farm have been a flurry of activity in the fields as the farm hands have diligently performed the task of cutting and binding the oats and forming shocks…

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Making Hay circa 1900

Posted on August 3, 2011

I guess whoever said it was right: you’ve got to make hay when the sun shines.  The sun is beating down this week at the 1900 farm, so what better time to make it than…

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Stationary Gasoline Engine in Use

Posted on July 12, 2011

Not too long ago one of our esteemed Living History Farms collection volunteers, Warren Tanner, spent the afternoon on the 1900 farm with one of his projects.  Warren rebuilt a gasoline powered engine, and brought…

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In the Fields

Posted on May 13, 2011

This week, farmers in Iowa have taken advantage of the warm, dry weather to get their corn planted into the ground. Here at the 1900 farm, we’re doing the same. We’re not quite using the…

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