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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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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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Science of Flynn, Part II: Indoor Plumbing

Posted on September 30, 2014

In our last post, we mentioned an Iowa State Register article from 1871 that spoke of the modern comforts and conveniences Martin Flynn used to create his ideal country home. One of these luxurious features was indoor plumbing. Many of…

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A Light In the Country; The Science of Flynn, Part I: Gas Lights

Posted on September 26, 2014

While the Flynn Mansion was being constructed between 1870 and 1871, newspapers eagerly covered its progress, as well as its style and amenities. On August 15, 1871, an article appeared in the Iowa State Register…

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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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What Did Wealthy Victorian Children Wear?

Posted on July 28, 2014

Each season the Flynn mansion staff selects a special aspect of Victorian lifestyle to research. For the past three seasons, we’ve been studying the clothing that wealthy children wore in the late 1800s. Since we…

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Six-Course Victorian Luncheon, 2013

Posted on August 15, 2013

The Flynn House seems quieter this week. Although we’re still busy each afternoon with lots of visitors coming to tour the house, our three college interns, Lena Glaze, Emily Brush and Dana Sly, have finished their internship programs…

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A Victorian Birthday Party

Posted on August 8, 2013

Every July the Flynn House ladies celebrate “A Victorian Birthday Party” commemorating Katherine Flynn’s 8th birthday. Martin and Ellen Flynn’s eldest daughter Katherine was born in 1867 and would have turned eight in the summer…

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