Farm House 160
February 3 to November 1, 2020
The Farm House has played an important role in improving campus life and impacting students and faculty, and this year University Museums is celebrating the impact the Farm House has had over the past 160 years.
The exhibition will showcase the many purposes the Farm House has served over the past 160 years including acting as the home for farm tenants working on the original model farm, an early residency for Iowa State presidents, home to Deans of Agriculture and, since the Bicentennial in 1976, a campus museum. Visitors will also gain insight on how campus was affected by global events such as the Civil War, the advent of electrification, the Great Depression, WWI and WWII, and more.
Objects from the Museums’ permanent collection will also be highlighted for visitors to explore the stories they tell and to learn how they were used during different decades.
EXHIBITION PROGRAMS (free and open to the public)
All programs will be located at the Farm House Museum, 601 Farm House Lane (ISU Central Campus)
Kindly register in advance by clicking on the program link.
GAME CHANGER! Farm House Trivia Night
Tuesday, March 10, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Gather up a team of 3 to 4 people for GAME CHANGER and try your hand at Iowa State trivia with a focus on the 160-year life of the Farm House Museum. Prize for the winning team. Due to space, the event is limited to 40 participants; advanced registration in requested.
Open House Weekend
Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
This is the opportunity to visit the historic house and oldest building on campus during weekend open house hours.
Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m.
Exhibition curator and Farm House Museum Intern Madisyn Rostro will take visitors through the Farm House 160 exhibition.
Family Sunday: Celebrating 160 Years
Sunday, June 14, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Celebrate the 160th anniversary of the first building on Iowa State’s campus, the Farm House Museum! Join us for a Victorian era celebration, take a family-focused tour through the interactive exhibition Farm House 160, and participate in a fun craft activity based on the objects in the exhibition.
Farm House 160 was curated by Madisyn Rostro, Farm House Museum intern and ISU sophomore majoring in History.
Visit the Farm House Museum
Hours: Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. (while ISU is in session)
Address: 601 Farm House Lane, Ames, Iowa 50011
Admission: The cost is free, however there is a suggested donation of $3 per visitor.
Parking: Available at the Memorial Union ramp for a nominal fee.
Top Left: Pictured here are the Curtiss’ girls, daughters of the Dean of Agriculture (1902-1932) Charles Curtiss. Ruth, Edith and Helen were all born and raised in the Farm House. Dean Curtiss and his family were residents of the Farm House from 1896 until his death in 1946.
Bottom Left: One of upstairs bedrooms decorated for the Curtiss girls, who called the Farm House home during the early 1900s.
Right: President Williams Beardshear, Iowa State’s fifth president, used this desk chair in his office in the 1880s. It is now located on the 2nd floor landing of the Farm House Museum.