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Muddy Spring

Posted on May 6, 2019

It’s spring! That means the days are warmer and all the snow is gone. Farmers around the museum are very busy. There are baby animals to look after. The 1850 Pioneer Farm has lambs bouncing…

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Tangen rooster

Chicken Watching

Posted on August 28, 2018

At Living History Farms, there are cows, oxen, and horses. There are pigs, sheep, chickens and sometimes even ducks and geese and turkeys! These animals are not pets, like your cat or dog at home….

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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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cows in snow

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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Cardinal

For the Birds!

Posted on August 31, 2015

People visit Living History Farms to talk with our museum guides, see the historic buildings and farm animals, and to help with our hands-on activities. Maybe you have come out to help churn butter or…

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sheep

Haircuts!

Posted on June 3, 2015

Hey, remember these little guys? Back in April, we talked about all the lambs born at Living History Farms this spring. You should see them now! They have grown a lot and all the sheep are…

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mule

What is a Mule?

Posted on May 11, 2015

If you’ve visited Living History Farms before, you have probably seen the horses that live and work at the 1900 Farm. Sam, Judah, and Ben are a special kind of horse called a “Percheron” horse. They are…

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lamb with farmer Kelly

New Arrivals!

Posted on April 6, 2015

Hello Everyone! Farmer Mike here! Winter is finally over and I am happy to say we have some new additions to the barnyards at Living History Farms this spring. Lilly the 1900 Farm milk cow had her…

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calves in halter

Training New Oxen

Posted on January 5, 2015

If you’ve visited our 1850 Farm at the museum, you’ve likely encountered our oxen – Beau and Luke. But, what is an ox? Is it a special breed or species? Nope! An ox is just a…

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Wet and Wiggly!

Posted on June 23, 2014

Many people visit Living History Farms to see our farm animals. We have sheep and pigs and chickens and cows and horses and…leeches. That’s right! The Schafer Drug Store in our 1875 town of Walnut…

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