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Wintry Farm Chores

Posted on January 22, 2018

It’s a brand new year! Each year at Living History Farms, we choose a new subject to think about to make the year extra special. In 2018, our attention is on “simple pleasures.” What does…

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Winter Warming

Posted on January 23, 2017

Winter can be an unpredictable season in Iowa. From blue skies to blizzards and everything in between, it can be tough to know just what to wear some days to keep warm.  People can easily…

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Meet the General Store Keeper

Posted on January 18, 2016

Storekeeper Pam is the lead guide at the Greteman General Store and a familiar face to many museum visitors. Let’s get to know her better! Where are you from? I am originally from a town…

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Doughnuts in Your Socks!

Posted on December 23, 2015

It is Christmas week and many of our readers are waiting on Santa Claus! Do you put up a stocking or receive gifts under a Christmas tree? Or do you have other traditions for giving…

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Over the River, and Through the Wood

Posted on November 24, 2015

It is Thanksgiving week in the United States. Many people love this holiday because they can spend time with their family and share favorite foods. It is also a time to think of all the…

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What’s for lunch? Squash!

Posted on November 10, 2015

Have you ever been to a pumpkin patch? Do you visit one in October to grab a jack-o-lantern pumpkin? Maybe someone in your family has a great recipe for homemade pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving? Visiting…

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Fancy Dress for Halloween!

Posted on October 29, 2015

Fall has arrived in Iowa! The leaves are changing colors. It is much cooler out in the mornings. People are pulling out their coats and sweaters. It is the time of year many people pick…

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From Field to Factory: Broom Making!

Posted on October 13, 2015

Farmers in Iowa are busy harvesting corn and soybeans from their fields. Nowadays, a lot of Iowa’s corn and crops are grown to feed to animals. In the late 1800s, Iowa farmers sometimes grew a very…

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Plain and Fancy Quilting

Posted on September 28, 2015

Imagine a perfect, cold winter’s night. What does it look like? Is there a warm fire burning in the fireplace? Are your hands wrapped around a mug of hot chocolate? Are you cuddled up in…

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Time for School!

Posted on September 14, 2015

School has already begun for most children. Shopping for school supplies is complete, new clothes have been purchased and an introductory visit to the school is now done. Students are getting to know their new…

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