Living History Farms

Living History Farms Website: www.LHF.org Twitter: @LHFarms
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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.

Watch the origins of “America’s Greatest Pastime” by catching a Walnut Hill Bluestockings 1876-rules baseball game this ...
06/17/2020

Watch the origins of “America’s Greatest Pastime” by catching a Walnut Hill Bluestockings 1876-rules baseball game this Saturday, June 20 at 1:30pm!

This season we have removed the bleachers. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket to watch the game and spread out from other visitors. The game is included with regular admission to Living History Farms, which can be purchased at the door.

Review our guest FAQ before your visit: https://www.lhf.org/visit/2020-season-guest-faq/

06/16/2020
50th Anniversary Ribbon Cutting

Living History Farms celebrated our 50th Anniversary season and the opening of our newly renovated Red Barn exhibition space with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, joined by members of the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce

06/06/2020

If you are planning a visit soon (and you should!) be aware that part of the pavement on the main road leading to our parking lot has buckled. Instead, please use the entrance on Hickman directly to the east, in front of the Girl Scout office. Repairs should be taking place very soon.

Living History Farms's cover photo
06/05/2020

Living History Farms's cover photo

Like the beautifully woven historic quilts in our collection, people of diverse backgrounds, upbringings, and experience...
06/04/2020

Like the beautifully woven historic quilts in our collection, people of diverse backgrounds, upbringings, and experiences make our world more enriching.

We recognize many of us at Living History Farms come from lives filled with privilege. Whether due to the color of our skin, our economic status, or our abilities, we often have little comprehension of the different circumstances many in our community live in each and every day. We have much to learn. We understand that this is a very personal journey for all of us and one that never ends.

We strive to be a museum that is welcoming to all and that shares the many different stories of Midwest rural life experiences. Let’s make it clear that there is no place for racism in our present or in our future. Together, we can put racism in the past. Let’s make (it) history.

https://www.lhf.org/aboutus/june-statement/

06/01/2020

Welcome Back to Living History Farms

Living History Farms is opening Monday, June 1!We invite you to enjoy the fresh air and tour the farms and historic site...
05/21/2020

Living History Farms is opening Monday, June 1!

We invite you to enjoy the fresh air and tour the farms and historic sites you love throughout the summer and fall.

To accommodate social distancing, additional procedures and guidelines are being implemented. See our newsletter for details: https://conta.cc/3eaEjHR

Welcome back!

The 1876 Tangen Home is getting a glow up ✨ Check out these progress shots of painting inside and out.  @ Living History...
05/19/2020

The 1876 Tangen Home is getting a glow up ✨ Check out these progress shots of painting inside and out. @ Living History Farms

Congrats to Rebecca Papian, who was drawn as our trivia winner. Thanks to everyone who submitted answers! Take a look to...
05/15/2020

Congrats to Rebecca Papian, who was drawn as our trivia winner. Thanks to everyone who submitted answers! Take a look to check if you were correct.

Congrats to Rebecca Papian, who was drawn as our trivia winner. Thanks to everyone who submitted answers! Take a look to check if you were correct.

05/13/2020
Hangin' at Tangen - Summer Preparations

Tangen House Supervisor, Nicole, gives a peek at the chores she's working on to "flip" the Victorian Tangen House from our winter Historic Dinners season to be ready for summer visitors. https://youtu.be/6xRsPgsvhq4

Tangen House Supervisor, Nicole, gives a peek at the chores she's working on to "flip" the Victorian Tangen House from our winter Historic Dinners season to ...

If you are planning an intimate wedding we invite you explore all of our rental venues, including the Prairie Gothic-sty...
05/12/2020

If you are planning an intimate wedding we invite you explore all of our rental venues, including the Prairie Gothic-style Church of the Land, the rustic and beautiful Flynn Barn, the Great Hall of the Visitor Center or one of our available outdoor spaces, such as the Walnut Hill gazebo, the front porch of the Victorian Flynn Mansion, or scenic wooded areas located throughout the grounds of the museum. https://www.lhf.org/aboutus/rentals

Living History Farms' Church of the Land is available for rental for church services or wedding ceremonies.

05/08/2020
Hangin' at Tangen: Plants and Seed Saving with Nicole

Tangen House Supervisor, Nicole, tells us about her seed saving practices and some of the planting she has been doing in preparation for summer blooms at the 1876 Tangen Home in the next episode of "Hangin' at Tangen". https://youtu.be/Fmia4TiT5Y4

Tangen House Supervisor Nicole Baker tells us about her seed saving practices and some of the planting she has been doing in preparation for summer blooms at...

05/08/2020
The Chicken Scoop with Mike

1900 Farm Ag Supervisor, Mike, shares some info about the chicken breeds that live at Living History Farms and why farmers in 1900 would've chosen those breeds. Plus watch for some bonus critters that make an appearance at the end of the video. https://youtu.be/UM_u1r03bLw

1900 Farm Ag Supervisor shares some info about the chicken breeds that live at Living History Farms and why farmers in 1900 would've chosen those breeds. Plu...

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, we want to say thank you, teachers for including Living History Farms in yo...
05/06/2020

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, we want to say thank you, teachers for including Living History Farms in your classroom curriculum! #teacherappreciationweek

It's #GivingTuesdayNow - a day of giving created in response to the great need caused by COVID-19. During this pandemic,...
05/05/2020

It's #GivingTuesdayNow - a day of giving created in response to the great need caused by COVID-19. During this pandemic, our essential staff are caring for livestock and facilities, and we are working remotely to develop virtual educational content, planning for the safety of visitors, staff, and volunteers when we are able to open, and thinking through how to create great guest experiences while social distancing. We're also cancelling school field trips, programs, and delaying our traditional opening day - and losing vital income. If you are able, please consider making a gift in support of our non-profit museum operations today.

https://www.lhf.org/donate/giving-tuesday

We'll be here for you when life returns to our new normal, ready to share rural traditions and help you create family memories.

Tomorrow, May 5, is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving created in response to the unprecedented need caused by th...
05/04/2020

Tomorrow, May 5, is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving created in response to the unprecedented need caused by the current pandemic. More than ever, we need your support. Because of the cancellations of spring events and programs, vital income it takes to operate Living History Farms has been lost. If you are in a position to help today, please do so.

https://www.lhf.org/donate/giving-tuesday/

Hello everyone and happy Member Monday! My name is Brittany Glass and I am the Guest Services and Membership Supervisor ...
05/04/2020

Hello everyone and happy Member Monday!

My name is Brittany Glass and I am the Guest Services and Membership Supervisor here at Living History Farms. I have been in this role since September of 2019. Some of my favorite things about Living History Farms include: the tranquility of the property, the personal connection that LHF has to the community, and last but not least the Historic Dinners Program! It is fascinating to me to see, eat, and hear (from our Interpretive staff) how food has changed and remained the same since the 1900s.

If you are a member, as an added benefit we have created a member-exclusive Facebook group where we will share discussions about fun LHF-themed topics. Please join us! https://www.facebook.com/groups/618395095159024/

Not a member? We'd love to welcome you as a Living History Farms member. Take a look at our website to sign up and explore the great benefits of membership! https://www.lhf.org/membership
Contact me with any questions: [email protected]

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05/02/2020

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A selection from 1986-1993, #favfarmsfoto

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05/02/2020

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Happy May Day! And welcome to our Virtual Opening Day! May 1 is one of our very favorite days of the year at Living Hist...
05/01/2020

Happy May Day! And welcome to our Virtual Opening Day! May 1 is one of our very favorite days of the year at Living History Farms. Traditionally, it's the day we open for the season and welcome visitors and school groups back to the Farms. Of course, this year, things look a bit different, but we're still celebrating the arrival of spring, the many good things that continue to take place at LHF, and YOU, our friends and supporters! And this year marks our 50th anniversary!

So, what does a virtual opening mean? It means we want to connect and engage with you from a safe social distance. Help us celebrate and share your favorite photo memories with us on Facebook with the hashtag #FavFarmsFoto

Then head over to our website to do some LHF Trivia (with prizes!), explore our online collections, enjoy some new videos, and more: https://www.lhf.org/event/50th-anniversary-virtual-opening/

We look forward to seeing you later this year!

Help us celebrate the opening day of our 50th anniversary year *virtually* this week and share a "favorite Farms foto" t...
04/28/2020

Help us celebrate the opening day of our 50th anniversary year *virtually* this week and share a "favorite Farms foto" that you took when visiting us! Tag your picture #favfarmsfoto and make sure your photo is set for public sharing and we'll feature it on Friday during our virtual opening celebration.

It's Member Monday! We are starting a new Facebook group just for Living History Farms members. Join the group for some ...
04/27/2020

It's Member Monday! We are starting a new Facebook group just for Living History Farms members. Join the group for some fun, member-exclusive conversations and content about your favorite sights, sounds, people, and creatures at the Farms. We'll also remind you when you can use your discount on upcoming programs, and when you can take advantage of members-only registration.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/618395095159024/

Not a member yet? Sign up today at www.LHF.org/membership to gain access to the group plus gain a bevy of other awesome benefits!

04/25/2020
Thank You Volunteers

To wrap up National Volunteer Week, enjoy this heartfelt video from our staff. You may recognize some of this footage from the past. Since we are practicing social distancing and working from home, we weren't able to capture all new thank you's from our staff. However, the sentiment and our gratitude remain the same! We sincerely thank all our volunteers for their tireless dedication to Living History Farms.
https://youtu.be/bkaQmAtXrfM

A heartfelt thank you to the volunteers of Living History Farms!

Teens (14 & up), sign up now to volunteer as a Junior Counselor at Living History Farms Day Camp this summer. You'll hel...
04/24/2020

Teens (14 & up), sign up now to volunteer as a Junior Counselor at Living History Farms Day Camp this summer.
You'll help supervise the daily activities of our camps, for 1-2 weeks during the summer. Apply online at https://www.lhf.org/volunteer/junior-counselor-position/

LHF Day Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association, and we follow their guidelines to keep campers, staff members, and volunteers safe all summer long.

Living History Farms's cover photo
04/23/2020

Living History Farms's cover photo

It's National Volunteer Week! Living History Farms wants to not only thank our fantastically committed volunteers, but a...
04/22/2020

It's National Volunteer Week! Living History Farms wants to not only thank our fantastically committed volunteers, but all of the volunteers assisting worldwide during this health crisis.

Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, “Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Thank you to all the volunteers helping our museum, state, nation, and the world. www.LHF.org/volunteer

Lately at Living History Farms: 🐑 sheep are happily roaming, 🐤 our chicks are getting bigger, 🧲 the horses got a visit f...
04/21/2020

Lately at Living History Farms: 🐑 sheep are happily roaming, 🐤 our chicks are getting bigger, 🧲 the horses got a visit from the farrier, 🦃 we have a new resident wild turkey, and 🌱oats are up! #livinghistoryfarms #farmanimals @ Living History Farms

04/21/2020
Barn Banter: Lambing & Shearing with Kerstin

Listen in to today's behind-the-scenes update as our 1850 Pioneer Farm Ag Supervisor, Kerstin, chats about lambing and shearing sheep at Living History Farms.

Listen in as Kerstin, our 1850 Pioneer Farm Ag Supervisor, talks lambing and shearing, in this behind-the-scenes update from Living History Farms!

04/16/2020

We're hangin' at Tangen with Nicole for today's behind the scenes peek at Living History Farms! She's sharing tidbits about working with an 1870s era wood-burning stove. Watch for more video updates from LHF over the next few weeks 🙂

Searching for recipes to try while cooking at home? Visit the LHF Blog for some inspiration from our historic kitchens! ...
04/08/2020

Searching for recipes to try while cooking at home? Visit the LHF Blog for some inspiration from our historic kitchens! 🍽️https://www.lhf.org/blog

Parents, here is another great at-home educational resource: our Learning Fields microsite is a tool to learn about crop...
04/07/2020

Parents, here is another great at-home educational resource: our Learning Fields microsite is a tool to learn about crops, livestock, farm power, and people - with content designed to support teachers' curriculum. Bonus: There are lesson plans, videos, and vocabulary to supplement the content - perfect if you suddenly find yourself homeschooling! https://www.LHF.org/learning-fields

TFW school is cancelled for the foreseeable future...🐑
04/06/2020

TFW school is cancelled for the foreseeable future...🐑

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11121 Hickman Rd
Urbandale, IA
50322

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I've had this artists proof for years. The top is embossed and reads: Rural America Welcomes Pope John Paul ll Living History Farms October 4 1979
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Living History Farms is one of my favorite places to take photographs and since it is currently closed I thought I would share some images I have taken from past visits to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
A selection from 1986-1993, #favfarmsfoto
Do you still have your "Bigger Than a Barn" sale? If so, when is it?
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