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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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Beyond Sauerkraut: A Brief History of Fermented Foods

Posted on March 3, 2014

In January of this year, I had the opportunity to attend the Practical Farmers of Iowa annual conference in Ames, Iowa. While the focus of most of the workshops was decidedly modern, one of the…

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Rails Across Iowa

Posted on 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 across the Mississippi River…

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New Arrivals!

Posted on August 30, 2013

The 1900 farm welcomed a new litter of pigs to the farm late this morning. The mother was a Duroc sow and the father was Harvey, our Berkshire boar. Read more about Berkshires and Harvey…

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Bridging A Great River By Rail

Posted on August 5, 2013

There is a dramatic change in lifestyle between the 1850 Pioneer Farm at Living History Farms and the 1900 Farm. People often comment on how dramatically life changed in just one to two generations. One…

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Lady Beetle: Friend or Foe?

Posted on July 5, 2013

As the weather has been warming up (quite rapidly!) this spring and early summer, have you noticed any ladybugs waking up inside your house? Have you vacuumed what seems like thousands of them out of…

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Spotted: Baby Calf!

Posted on June 8, 2013

This morning the 1900 welcomed a new addition to the farm. Our milk cow Lily gave birth to a bouncing baby bull. Mom and calf are doing well. Next time you come to the 1900…

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Wonders of Baking Soda

Posted on June 4, 2013

Recently we noticed that the green walls of the back kitchen of the 1900 house had started to tint black due to the smoke and soot of the wood burning stove. As this is a…

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