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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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Adventures Through the Looking Glass!

Posted on April 28, 2015

Have you ever come to Living History Farms to hear a story and then gone to see some animals for our Barnyard Readers program? During April, we had some very special guests at the Flynn…

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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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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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man wearing hat made from otter pelt

Fur Coats and Covers

Posted on March 9, 2015

Have you ever wondered where people in the past got the things they needed for everyday life? Where did their clothes come from? or their blankets? How about their tools and their toys? When we need something we…

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snowy 1900 farm house

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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interpreters at the 1850 farm in winter

Winter Food for the Pioneers

Posted on January 26, 2015

During the winter months, pioneers in Iowa did their best to keep warm. They would keep the fire in their log homes going all day and wear warm clothes made of flannel and wool. But what…

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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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Waiting for Santa Claus!

Posted on 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 Flynn Mansion or…

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Christmas Cake

Posted on 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 to eat during…

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