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Differing Opinions – Women & Suffrage in the 19th century

Posted on August 4, 2020

August 4, 2020 On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was passed into law, giving women the right to vote. As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of women’s suffrage, LHF is looking back at how…

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Family Research

Posted on October 19, 2015

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…

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Grain Harvest and Threshing Time

Posted on July 28, 2015

July 28, 2015 Summer is slipping away and it is time to start harvesting small grains on the farm! Today when we think of important crops in Iowa, we think of corn and soybeans.We forget…

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Pioneer Weddings

Posted on June 15, 2015

June 15, 2015 The staff at Living History Farms invites you to a wedding! The 1850 Pioneer Farm interpreters will recreate a pioneer wedding ceremony on Saturday, June 20, 2015. Come and compare the modern…

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Rails Across Iowa

Posted on September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013 To continue our story of rail roads in Iowa, this post will explore the rails that took goods and passengers across Iowa. We began this series by looking at the first bridge…

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Blue Monday: Wash Day

Posted on August 12, 2013

August 12, 2013 Americans often dread “Blue Monday,” the start of weekday car commutes, irritating bosses, and long hours in front of a computer. Housewives in 1900 would also have dreaded “Blue Monday,” but for…

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Spotted: Fourth of July Menu

Posted on July 3, 2013

July 3, 2013 I’m sure many of you are looking forward to celebrating the Fourth of July tomorrow with your friends and family, especially all the delicious food that’s sure to be on the table!…

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Spotted: Independent Order of Odd Fellows Wall Hanging

Posted on June 17, 2013

June 7, 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…

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A Honeybee History

Posted on May 28, 2013

As spring has finally come into full swing here on the 1900 farm, the cherry, pear, and apple blossoms in the orchard and fresh shoots of clover emerging in the hayfields have reminded me of…

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From Still Life to Snapshots; Tracing Early Photography

Posted on September 19, 2012

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…

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