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Posted on February 4, 2019

February 4, 2019 It is cold in Iowa this winter. Iowans are turning up their house heat and putting on more layers of clothes. Have you ever thought about how people made their house warm…

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Wintry Farm Chores

Posted on January 22, 2018

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…

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From Field to Factory: Broom Making!

Posted on October 13, 2015

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…

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Posted on June 3, 2015

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…

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A Farmer’s Best Friend: The Scarecrow!

Posted on October 27, 2014

Farmers grow plants that people and animals can eat. At Living History Farms, the farmers plant corn and oats for the cows, horses, and pigs to eat. At the 1850 Pioneer Farm, farmers grow wheat….

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Laundry Chores

Posted on July 28, 2014

Laundry is probably a chore you see your parents doing, and maybe you even help by folding or putting away your clean clothes. In 1900, farm houses didn’t have electricity or indoor plumbing, so there…

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Spring Cleaning!

Posted on March 31, 2014

It’s finally spring time in Iowa! The grass at Living History Farms is starting to turn green. Our museum guides are getting all the historic houses and shops ready for you to visit soon! That…

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Seed Starting

Posted on March 10, 2014

It’s going to be 60 degrees and sunny today! Time to really start thinking about spring and take those garden plans a step further! When we think of gardening, we usually think of lots of…

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Dreaming of Seeds!

Posted on February 24, 2014

There is still snow in Iowa. The ground is frozen. But spring will be here soon and it is time to plan the fields and gardens at the museum! Lots of catalogs are coming in…

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