Living History Farms

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Living History Farms is an interactive outdoor museum which educates, entertains & connects people to Midwestern rural life experiences!

Mission: Living History Farms is an interactive outdoor history museum which educates, entertains and connects people of all ages to Midwestern rural life experiences.

Join us for a look at the textiles and tools used to keep warm during Midwestern winters in the past. This exhibit will ...
02/22/2020

Join us for a look at the textiles and tools used to keep warm during Midwestern winters in the past. This exhibit will feature hand and machine pieced quilts, natural fur lap robes, and other bed coverings from the LHF historic textile vaults. Fur and wool coats, gloves and mittens, skirts, and shawls highlight Iowans’ determination to fight the winter chills. The exhibit will be open Thu-Sun, Feb 27-Mar 8 from 1-6pm in our Visitor Center. Save $1 off admission when you get tickets in advance!

https://www.LHF.org/event/historic-quilt-textile-exhibit/

Bring your preschooler to listen to the tale of Alice in Wonderland in the historic setting of the Flynn Mansion during ...
02/20/2020

Bring your preschooler to listen to the tale of Alice in Wonderland in the historic setting of the Flynn Mansion during our Spring Barnyard Readers program, Wednesdays this April. Tour the house, make Wonderland-themed crafts, and go down the rabbit hole with some activities relating to the story.

Get a program pass for all 4 programs! https://www.lhf.org/events-and-programs/barnyard-readers/spring

Living History Farms historic interpreters have known for a long time that brooms could stand on their own. 😂In fact, wo...
02/13/2020

Living History Farms historic interpreters have known for a long time that brooms could stand on their own. 😂In fact, workers in broom factories like the small one in our 1876 town would use it as a test - if they had made all the broomcorn even around the handle, and had sewn it just right, and trimmed everything evenly, the broom would have been made properly and be able to stand up straight without being held. Check out the broom-making posts on the LHF blog for more info, and come visit the broom shop this year at Living History Farms! #broomstickchallenge

Looking for a venue for your special event? We still have openings for rental spaces at Living History Farms in 2020 and...
02/13/2020

Looking for a venue for your special event? We still have openings for rental spaces at Living History Farms in 2020 and 2021. We have several unique spaces including the Flynn Barn, the Church of the Land, our Visitor Center, outdoor rental spaces, and more. Check out our website for more info and contact us today to reserve your date!

https://www.LHF.org/aboutus/rentals

Photo Credit: Brian Davis Photography www.briandavisphoto.com

Living History Farms's cover photo
02/11/2020

Living History Farms's cover photo

During our Spring Break Camp, you can: - bake an apple pie- do an "old-fashioned" dance- become a pollinator for the day...
02/10/2020

During our Spring Break Camp, you can:
- bake an apple pie
- do an "old-fashioned" dance
- become a pollinator for the day
- make a clay pot
- visit the blacksmith shop and Flynn Mansion
- take care of the chores on the farm
- and much more!

Sign up now for our Spring Break Camp, March 16-20!
This year we have camps for 2nd-5th graders, or an all-ages family camp at the 1900-era Farm.

https://www.LHF.org/events-and-programs/day-camps/

It's time to caucus for cookies, tomorrow at Living History Farms! Join us tomorrow afternoon from 1-3pm to discover the...
01/31/2020

It's time to caucus for cookies, tomorrow at Living History Farms! Join us tomorrow afternoon from 1-3pm to discover the history and participate in the process of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses as you sample cookies! Arrive by 1:45pm to participate in the entire caucus process, led by Mayor of Urbandale, Bob Andeweg.

https://www.lhf.org/event/caucus-for-cookies/

We're caucusing for cookies on February 1st! 🍪 Join in the fun of learning about the caucus process, as you vote for you...
01/21/2020

We're caucusing for cookies on February 1st! 🍪 Join in the fun of learning about the caucus process, as you vote for your favorite cookies. Save on tickets purchased in advance: https://www.lhf.org/event/caucus-for-cookies/

Tired of the cold and ready to think about warmer days in the spring and summer? Us too! We're busy planning activities ...
01/18/2020

Tired of the cold and ready to think about warmer days in the spring and summer? Us too! We're busy planning activities to get kids out into nature, learning about plants, animals, science, & history at our spring break and summer camps! Register now: https://www.lhf.org/events-and-programs/day-camps/

Join us to Caucus for Cookies on February 1st.Discover the history and participate in the process of Iowa’s first-in-the...
01/16/2020

Join us to Caucus for Cookies on February 1st.

Discover the history and participate in the process of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses as you sample baked goods!
Save on tickets purchased in advance: https://www.lhf.org/event/caucus-for-cookies/

Member registration is now open for Summer Day Camp! Check out the camp offerings for Summer 2020 and sign up for your p...
01/02/2020

Member registration is now open for Summer Day Camp! Check out the camp offerings for Summer 2020 and sign up for your preferred week now! Members also receive a discount on all Living History Farms camps.

Register for Summer Day Camp at https://www.lhf.org/events-and-programs/day-camps/

Summer camp registrations begin for all others on January 16, at 10am. Not a member yet? Sign up now for savings and first dibs on camp! https://www.lhf.org/membership

Farewell 2019! Save the date - on January 2 in 2020, at 10am, Summer Camp registrations will be opening for Living Histo...
01/01/2020

Farewell 2019!

Save the date - on January 2 in 2020, at 10am, Summer Camp registrations will be opening for Living History Farms members! Members also receive a discount on all camp registrations, so if you haven't signed up for a membership yet, sign up now to get first dibs on your preferred camp and week! https://www.LHF.org/membership

Today is the last day for LHF's participation in the Hy-Vee Reusable Bag program, so grab a bag today to help us wrap up...
12/31/2019

Today is the last day for LHF's participation in the Hy-Vee Reusable Bag program, so grab a bag today to help us wrap up the month and 2019!
Each time a $2.50 red My Heart Reusable Bag is purchased at the Hy-Vee located in Urbandale at 8701 Douglas Avenue, $1 will be donated to Living History Farms. We appreciate everyone who has participated throughout the month!

As you're out shopping for all the ingredients to make your favorite holiday dishes, don't forget that Living History Fa...
12/21/2019

As you're out shopping for all the ingredients to make your favorite holiday dishes, don't forget that Living History Farms is participating in the Hy-Vee Reusable Bag program this December. Throughout this month, each time a $2.50 red My Heart Reusable Bag is purchased at the Hy-Vee located in Urbandale at 8701 Douglas Avenue, $1 will be donated to Living History Farms!

Uh oh, shipping deadlines are passing...are you still looking for some last minute gift ideas? Give a unique Living Hist...
12/17/2019

Uh oh, shipping deadlines are passing...are you still looking for some last minute gift ideas? Give a unique Living History Farms experience to your loved ones!

1) How about a Historic Skills Class? They can be a blacksmith for the day, learn hearth cooking, or try driving draft horses. 🐴 2) You can sign them up for a delicious Historic Dinner program where they can dine on authentic recipes prepared in our historic kitchens 🍽️ 3) Maybe they need a LHF membership to bring their family for visits and programs throughout the year 🐖 4) OR grab a gift certificate and let them choose their favorite option! 💌 @ Living History Farms

Decking the halls 🎶 Victorian style @ Living History Farms
12/14/2019

Decking the halls 🎶 Victorian style @ Living History Farms

Living History Farms is part of the Hy-Vee Reusable Bag program. For the month of December, each time a $2.50 red My Hea...
12/14/2019

Living History Farms is part of the Hy-Vee Reusable Bag program. For the month of December, each time a $2.50 red My Heart Reusable Bag is purchased at the Hy-Vee located in Urbandale at 8701 Douglas Avenue, $1 will be donated to Living History Farms! ❤️

Congratulations to Dave Austin who won Best in Show in the Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest with his photo, "F...
12/09/2019

Congratulations to Dave Austin who won Best in Show in the Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest with his photo, "Flynn Mansion in Bloom"!

Congratulations to the 2019 Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest winners!

Dave Austin - “Flynn Mansion in Bloom” (Best of Show)
Michael Callison - “Weathered” (American Agriculture)
Paul Grillo - “Smoke & Steam” (Celebrations of Iowa Agriculture)
Harlen Persinger - “Long Shadows” (Modern Agriculture in Iowa)
Chad Heggen - “Harvest Beams” (Iowa Farmscapes)
Ann Clinton - “Farm Kid Fun” (Life on the Iowa Farm)
Dave Austin - “Flynn Mansion in Bloom” (Silos & Smokestacks Partner Sites)
Justin Rogers - "Harvest Moon" (People’s Choice “Most Liked”)
James Cushman - “Park Farm at Sunset” (Visitor Guide Photo Feature Award)

Thank you to all photo contest entrants! View all 2019 entries at www.flickr.com/ssnha #ThisIsIowa #PhotoContest

Today is #GivingTuesday! We couldn't offer the programs and services we do without donations from you. We are grateful f...
12/03/2019

Today is #GivingTuesday! We couldn't offer the programs and services we do without donations from you. We are grateful for any amount you wish to contribute. By giving a little on #GivingTuesday, you’re doing a lot at Living History Farms.
https://www.lhf.org/donate/giving-tuesday/

Have you heard the news? Living History Farms has been selected as the beneficiary of the  Hy-Vee Reusable Bag Program t...
12/01/2019

Have you heard the news? Living History Farms has been selected as the beneficiary of the Hy-Vee Reusable Bag Program that supports local non-profits! Each time a $2.50 red My Heart Reusable Bag is purchased at the Hy-Vee at 8701 Douglas Avenue during the month of December we will receive a $1 donation.

Celebrate #GivingTuesday on December 3 by donating to Living History Farms. The programs and services we offer are susta...
11/29/2019

Celebrate #GivingTuesday on December 3 by donating to Living History Farms. The programs and services we offer are sustained by small donations and we make every dollar count! We are grateful for any amount that you wish to contribute. By giving a little on #GivingTuesday, you’re doing a lot at Living History Farms.
https://www.lhf.org/donate/giving-tuesday/

Start your holiday shopping off with a trip to the The MarketPlace Museum Store at Living History Farms on Museum Store ...
11/27/2019

Start your holiday shopping off with a trip to the The MarketPlace Museum Store at Living History Farms on Museum Store Sunday! Shop December 1 from 12-4pm to enjoy 50% off on select items and free food samples.

Give back this holiday season by volunteering at Living History Farms' Family Christmas on Saturday, December 7. Pick a ...
11/27/2019

Give back this holiday season by volunteering at Living History Farms' Family Christmas on Saturday, December 7. Pick a shift from 12-2pm or 2-4pm. Help with crafts and food activities! Email Jan Milroy at [email protected] to sign up.

We're honored to be a nominee for the Urbandale Chamber's Best in Class awards!
11/20/2019
2019 Best in Class Nominees Announced

We're honored to be a nominee for the Urbandale Chamber's Best in Class awards!

URBANDALE, IA – Annually the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce requests the membership and general public to vote for businesses who are best in their class. There are 21 different categories voted on and

Barb Hoy and The Bohling Family were honored at the 2019 Annual Governor's Volunteer Awards in recognition of their serv...
11/20/2019

Barb Hoy and The Bohling Family were honored at the 2019 Annual Governor's Volunteer Awards in recognition of their service to Living History Farms. Thank you to all of our volunteers- we couldn't be successful without you!

Did you know members receive discounts on all Historic Dinners, Day Camps and Historic Skills Classes? Before you regist...
11/12/2019

Did you know members receive discounts on all Historic Dinners, Day Camps and Historic Skills Classes? Before you register, become a member and save. Bonus: Memberships purchased between now and the end of the year don't expire until December 31, 2020! Become a TRI and receive admission and discounts to Blank Park Zoo and the Science Center of Iowa.
https://www.lhf.org/membership/

Dogs are always welcome at Living History Farms, but now your pup can trick-or-treat too! Bring your well-behaved furry ...
10/25/2019

Dogs are always welcome at Living History Farms, but now your pup can trick-or-treat too! Bring your well-behaved furry friend to Family Halloween tonight from 5:30-8:30 pm!

We're celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month at Living History Farms! We honor our Cultural Heritage by honoring...
10/18/2019

We're celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month at Living History Farms! We honor our Cultural Heritage by honoring the first settlers of Iowa, the Ioway Indians. Visitors take a step back in time by visiting the 1700 Ioway Indian Farm. #ShowYourHumanities

Tonight is our first Family Halloween event of the season! Receive a free pumpkin treat bag while supplies last.
10/17/2019

Tonight is our first Family Halloween event of the season! Receive a free pumpkin treat bag while supplies last.

Come visit us before the season ends! The final day to tour is Friday, October 18. We are open Wednesday-Friday 9am-4pm....
10/14/2019

Come visit us before the season ends! The final day to tour is Friday, October 18. We are open Wednesday-Friday 9am-4pm.
https://www.lhf.org/visit/

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11121 Hickman Rd
Urbandale, IA
50322

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My kids had a blast thanks for having us on Saturday 12/07/2019💚❤️💚❤️ Tracey Johnston
Thank you for inviting us to your Family Christmas! We had a Blast!
What a great way to finish the season yesterday. We had 5-6 hundred school kids along with all the regular visitors. I have enjoyed working with all the LHF people and transporting all the great visitors this year. The good Lord willing I hope to see you again next season. 🚜
Enjoyed our visit today. Thank you for the warm hospitality and education of life during the early 1900's.
Had an amazing time with my family learning and getting outdoors. All your volunteers and employees are very passionate in their position and willing to teach anyone who will listen. Thanks again and we will be back.
Church of the Land under the beautiful sky on Saturday afternoon.
1850 Farm
It was our privilege and honor to sponsor and participate once again in the Living History Farms photography event. At Alexander’s Photo one of our missions is to educate and elevate photographers thru information, instruction, and problem solving. This event certainly focuses on that goal. Thanks to the LHF staff and especially Amy Day for all your help and support, and to Dave Austin for your kind acknowledgements! Now let’s see what great Photo Contest entries will compete for our $250 first prize certificates!🤗
Fall reflections at the Church of the Land. Shot at a private event. LHF is closed for touring, but there are several special events throughout the Fall and Winter - see website for details.
Any information on tickets for Trick or Treating at LHF 2018?
Seeking Host Families for Semester Long or Academic Year Long Programs Interested in learning about different cultures? Want to learn a new recipe or two? Want a new member of your family? Share your life with an international student and become a host family. STS Foundation, has students from all around the world including Italy, Denmark, Germany, France, China and more. If you are interested in hosting an international student, and are located in the Des Moines area, please message me for more information. Claire Yocom Local Coordinator STS Foundation
Taken Saturday September 1.