Outdoors

Upcoming Events

Grain Harvest

August 2, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Experience the many methods used to harvest oats and wheat from 1850 to the present and help bring in the harvest that will feed our animals throughout the winter. From hand power to horsepower, witness it all as you hear the smash of the flail and the roar of the steam-powered thresher. Demonstrations will be weather dependent. In the town of Walnut Hill from 11am-4pm, enjoy children’s crafts, free popcorn and lemonade, and a 1:30pm historic baseball game. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Victorian Birthday

August 9, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

You’re invited to an 1875 Victorian birthday party at the Flynn Mansion! Upon your arrival visit the parlor to sign the birthday girl’s autograph book or leave a poem in her scrapbook. Look around at the birthday decorations on the main floor and be sure to explore the boys’ and girls’ bedrooms upstairs to discover the clothing, toys, and daily life of a privileged Victorian child. Make a party favor to take home, partake in a game of croquet, and enjoy a sweet party treat in the side yard. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Living History Farms’ Annual Homeschool Days

August 27, 2014 - 12:00 am at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Nothing is a constant in history like food. During the events on these two days, explore in a fun way how food and nutrition have been a constant in history, from too little food to too much. Discover the impact that changes in technology had on how people produced, prepared, and preserved food that they ate. Learn how technology changed the tasks people did. How many calories do you burn off playing checkers vs. printing with a foot-powered press? How much horsepower does your body generate, compared to a tractor or car? How long does it take to turn cream into butter, or to cook in an open hearth vs. a microwave?

* Pre-registration required; pre-registration for each day is limited to the first 500 people

www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Living History Farms’ Annual Homeschool Days

September 3, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Nothing is a constant in history like food. During the events on these two days, explore in a fun way how food and nutrition have been a constant in history, from too little food to too much. Discover the impact that changes in technology had on how people produced, prepared, and preserved food that they ate. Learn how technology changed the tasks people did. How many calories do you burn off playing checkers vs. printing with a foot-powered press? How much horsepower does your body generate, compared to a tractor or car? How long does it take to turn cream into butter, or to cook in an open hearth vs. a microwave?

* Pre-registration required; pre-registration for each day is limited to the first 500 people www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Applefest

September 13, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

The smell of apple fills the air in the town of Walnut Hill. Tour the Farm sites in the morning, and spend the afternoon in our 1875 town celebrating the coming of fall fruit! Try your hand at stirring the copper kettle of apple butter and take your turn cranking the cider press. Children’s games and crafts round out the fun. Fresh local apples and other goodies will be on sale in the Visitor Center. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Photography Day

September 20, 2014 - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Enjoy a day of photography workshops in Iowa’s largest outdoor photography classroom!  Photography experts will be on hand to offer classes and will be out in the field to help you perfect your photography technique. Amateurs as well as professionals are encouraged to attend. Capture stunning images of our scenic gardens, grounds and buildings, and catch the action at a historic baseball game at 1:30pm. All workshops are included with admission price to Living History Farms. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Hat Day

October 1, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Celebrate the opening of the LHF’s annual fall clothing and quilt exhibition! Wear your favorite hat while touring and receive a special treat at the Visitor Center. Explore the Flynn Mansion where corsets, quilts, and other historic textiles will be on special exhibition. Visit the 1875 Millinery shop for a close up look at Victorian hat stylings and a chat with our milliner. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Victorian Funeral

October 11, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

In 1875, the funeral was a pageant of honored traditions. Families gathered to find joy in a public celebration of a life well lived. Visit the Tangen House, prepared with a period style coffin and funeral drapery, and visit with the mourners. At 1:00pm, join with historic interpreters as they celebrate the life and honor the death of a fictional 1875 Civil War Veteran with a re-created funeral. Walk in the funeral procession led by a horse-drawn hearse to New Hope Cemetery for a Veterans Memorial service. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Family Halloween

October 18, 2014 - October 19, 2014 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Horse-drawn wagon rides, marshmallow roast, storytellers, scarecrow and jack-o-lantern displays delight all during this non-scary family event. Children aged 12 and under trick or treat through town, and we’ll have free pop and popcorn for all

Prices:  $6.00/person, $4.75 LHF member; Advance tickets: $5.50/person, $4.00 LHF member; Tickets required for everyone aged 2 and over. Children under 2 get in free! www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Family Halloween

October 23, 2014 - October 26, 2014 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Horse-drawn wagon rides, marshmallow roast, storytellers, scarecrow and jack-o-lantern displays delight all during this non-scary family event. Children aged 12 and under trick or treat through town, and we’ll have free pop and popcorn for all

Prices: $6.00/person, $4.75 LHF member; Advance tickets: $5.50/person, $4.00 LHF member; Tickets required for everyone aged 2 and over. Children under 2 get in free! www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Family Halloween

October 30, 2014 - October 31, 2014 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Horse-drawn wagon rides, marshmallow roast, storytellers, scarecrow and jack-o-lantern displays delight all during this non-scary family event. Children aged 12 and under trick or treat through town, and we’ll have free pop and popcorn for all

Prices: $6.00/person, $4.75 LHF member; Advance tickets: $5.50/person, $4.00 LHF member; Tickets required for everyone aged 2 and over. Children under 2 get in free! www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

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