CURRENT HOURS: Tuesday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–4p.m.

Members-Only Programs

Special opportunities just for members in 2022! Not a member yet? Buy a membership today!


Walnut Hill After Hours

General Store exterior

Experience our historic sites up-close and in-depth after other visitors go home!
For ages 12 and up • 4-5 p.m. • $13.50 per person
  • May 13
    Greteman’s General Store: Wares and Wonders
    Take a look at 19th-century notions, tools, and dry goods. Explore trinkets and toys on the shelves and taste basic foodstuffs such as dill pickles, cheese, soda crackers, candy, and sarsaparilla.
  • June 17
    Advocate Print Shop: Printing on the Job Press
    Watch how type was set by hand, proofed, and then loaded into the foot-powered job press. Take home a sample “hot off the press.”
  • July 8
    Quilters of the Prairie Private Tour
    Experience 100 years of prairie settlement through the lens of some of our most beautiful quilts. Our curator will explain the assembling of the exhibit and tell the stories of the quilts and their makers.
  • August 19
    Flynn Mansion: Meet the Family
    Discover the roles of Flynn family members, servants, and farm hands in the 1870s with an in-depth tour of the rooms they occupied and the tools they used.
  • September 16
    Fall Baking on the Woodstove
    Pull up a chair in the Tangen Home kitchen and watch a historic interpreter demonstrate the workings of the 1870s woodstove—then sample a sweet fall treat.
  • October 6
    Wakes and Warnings: Funeral Customs and Superstitions in 1876
    Investigate the artifacts, traditions, and fears surrounding Victorian funerals. Watch historic interpreters dress the Tangen Home for a mock funeral.
Space is limited, so email us to reserve your spot now!

Member Mornings

Blacksmith exterior

Get here early in the day and enjoy these hands-on activities with our historic interpreters!
For ages 6 and up (with an adult) • Included with your free member admission
  • May 14, 9:30 a.m.
    Lighting the Forge (Blacksmith)
    Watch the blacksmith start the forge in the morning. You might become an assistant at the bellows or a water-carrier helping fill the quench tank.
  • May 28, 9:30 a.m.
    Preparing for Decoration Day (New Hope Cemetery)
    Help clear headstones, place flags and bunting, and assemble a flower wreath for the Decoration Day remembrance of Civil War soldiers. Note: New Hope is a re-creation, not an actual cemetery.
  • June 25, 10:30 a.m.
    Farm Chores (1900 Farm)
    See how an Iowa farm family started their day as we do morning chores in the farmhouse and barn. Meet our livestock and learn how we care for them.
  • July 30, 9:30 a.m.
    It’s Wash Day! (Tangen Home)
    Join a historic interpreter on the porch for a morning of 1876-style laundry. Haul water from the well, scrub on a board, hang clothes to dry—and discover how heavy a sad iron really is.
  • August 27, 9:30 a.m.
    Hats, Fans & Parasols—Oh My! (Millinery)
    Take a closer look at summer accessories meant to help you beat the heat and look great. Practice walking with a parasol, tipping a hat to a lady, and fan flirting and etiquette.
  • October 29, 10:30 a.m.
    Flint and Steel Fire Starting (1700 Farm)
    See how flint and steel strikers were used to start fires before matches and lighters. Discover the best fuels for tinder, explore other options for fire starting—and see if you can make some sparks.
  • December 3. 11:30 a.m.
    Christmas Tree Decorating (Flynn Mansion)
    Take advantage of early entry to the Flynn Mansion on Family Christmas day. Explore the many types of decorations on a Victorian tree, then hang the paper chain garland and get a head-start on stringing popcorn and cranberries before guests arrive.
First come, first served—ask for your ticket when you arrive.
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