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Small Pleasures – Winter

Posted on 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 ones don’t really…

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It Takes a Calf

Posted on April 20, 2015

Cows make milk. People drink milk. It seems simple. But the complicated process of getting the milk from the cow to your morning bowl of cereal may involve more than is initially obvious, especially to…

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What a difference a coat of paint can make!

Posted on 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 down for about…

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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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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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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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Blue Monday: Wash Day

Posted on 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 a different reason:…

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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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Spotted: Independent Order of Odd Fellows Wall Hanging

Posted on June 17, 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 had seen the…

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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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