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Victorian Birthday

It’s a Party

Posted on July 20, 2018

July 20, 2018 Summer is in full swing at the museum. School is out and the weather is warm. It’s time to celebrate! One of our favorite simple pleasures at the museum is having a…

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illustration of children looking into their stockings from 1870

Doughnuts in Your Socks!

Posted on December 23, 2015

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…

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wagon ride

Over the River, and Through the Wood

Posted on November 24, 2015

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…

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19th century halloween costumes

Fancy Dress for Halloween!

Posted on October 29, 2015

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…

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santa with visitor

Waiting for Santa Claus!

Posted on December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014 It’s Christmas week! Many children are waiting for Santa to come on December 24! Do you think children in the year 1875 waited for Santa? For kids living in houses like the…

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fancy fruitcake

Christmas Cake

Posted on December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014 Most families have special food traditions for their December holidays. Is there a recipe that you cook at your house only at this time of year? Do you have a favorite food…

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decorated tree

Christmas is Coming!

Posted on December 2, 2014

December 2, 2014 Christmas is coming! For some people, that means it is time to decorate the house and to cook special foods. In our last post, we talked about traditions or past-times. A tradition…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 24, 2014

This Thursday is a special day in Iowa. Many people will celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a time when lots of people have a big dinner with their family and friends. They eat together and say…

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Fancy Feasting and Dinner Manners

Posted on November 3, 2014

It’s November! That’s the month of great food and family dinners! Sometimes those dinners are fun and easy. Sometimes those dinners are fun and FANCY! There might be fancy plates and extra forks and knives….

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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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