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Urbandale, Iowa
A World-Class Agricultural Museum in Iowa
A World-Class Agricultural Museum in Iowa

At Living History Farms, visitors can take part in traditional farm chores such as spinning wool. Image courtesy of Living History Farms.

Construction of Living History Farms began in the 1970s; during this period, the NEH supported the organization as it undertook research, developed its living exhibitions, and began its community-focused programming. Since then, Living History Farms has been consistently recognized as a world-class agricultural museum, one that enriches and entertains in equal measure. It was visited by Pope John Paul II in 1979 and has played host to many American presidents and Members of Congress. While the NEH’s strong support helped establish Living History Farms as a cultural resource and venue, more recently it has helped the Farms continue its mission through the NEH on the Road program. Through traveling exhibitions, including “House & Home,” “Spirited, Prohibition in America,” and “Farm Life,” Living History Farms has been able to provide high-quality exhibitions and programming to its visitors without the significant financial investment required to create new exhibitions.

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