Open House: Christmas 1870s at the Farm House Museum

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Date/Time:Sunday, 12 Dec 2010 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location:Farm House Museum
Cost:Free and open to the public
Contact:University Museums
Channel:University Museums
Categories:Arts, performances
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Step back into time during this holiday season with festivities at the Farm House at the heart of the beautiful Iowa State campus! Celebrate the history and joy of the holidays at the Farm House's "Christmas 1870s" exhibition. The Ames Children's Choir Chamber Singers will sing an assortment of Christmas carols and traditional holiday music starting at 2 p.m.

The exhibition will be open to the public during regular hours Nov. 15 through Dec. 17. Christmas at the Farm House in 1870 would have reflected the rustic, prairie spirit of the family residing there at the time. Being the first building on campus and miles from downtown Ames, Christmas was celebrated on the grounds using materials found around the farm. Celebrations and meals would often reflect the cultural heritage of the family celebrating. Further, a rural Christmas celebration meant fewer fine goods and expensive treasures than families in the cities. Therefore, the family celebration included handmade decorations, festive activities from the country of origin, and a traditional Christmas meal.

Holiday exhibitions over the past years have attracted many people as the setting of the Farm House Museum provides historical context to past Christmas celebrations. The exhibition and open houses are FREE and all are welcome to come share in the history and celebration of the holidays in the Farm House Museum.