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Winter Food for the Pioneers

Posted on January 26, 2015

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…

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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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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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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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Pumpkin Season!

Posted on November 17, 2014

Pumpkins are everywhere in November! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cake! Many people just have to have a pumpkin pie with their Thanksgiving meal. Here at the museum, our historic sites…

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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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Broom Corn Harvest!

Posted on October 22, 2014

October 22, 2014 October is a month full of harvests! Harvesting is when farmers pick or cut the crops in their field and use the plants for food or other things. Many Iowa farmers are…

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Back to School!

Posted on September 22, 2014

The first day of fall is here! Fall is when it starts to get colder. The leaves on the trees turn fun colors and pumpkins turn orange in the garden. For many kids, fall is…

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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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