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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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Houses and Homes

Posted on June 15, 2015

This summer at Living History Farms, we are celebrating houses and homes! The places people live in come in lots of shapes and sizes. Some houses are big. Some houses are small. Some people live in…

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Maids and Servants

Posted on April 13, 2015

Hi, I’m Kate. I am the supervisor at the Flynn Mansion at Living History Farms. Have you ever visited our museum and discovered one of the guides dressed differently than during your last visit? Museum…

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Winter Wonderlands

Posted on February 24, 2015

It’s February in Iowa. We still have snow on the ground. It’s been very cold here this week, too. Do you like snow and cold? Lots of kids love to play in the snow or…

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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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Rainy Day Games

Posted on April 7, 2014

“Rain, Rain, Go Away Come again another day Little Arthur wants to play.” – J. O. Halliwell-Phillipps, 1843 April is a rainy month. Spring rains bring May flowers. But they can also bring some boring afternoons when…

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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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Fur, Feathers, and Fringe!

Posted on February 21, 2014

Here in Iowa, we have spent a lot of time inside our houses lately. It has been too cold to play outside.  When you are stuck inside all day what do you do to have…

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