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Farm House 160

Farm House 160
Through the Friday, November 20, 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.

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. (closed weekends, holidays and university breaks)
* Some modifications have been made due to COVID-19. Click here to Know Before You Go.

Address: 601 Farm House Lane, Ames, Iowa 50011
Admission: The cost is free, however there is a suggested donation of $8
Parking: Available at the Memorial Union ramp for a nominal fee.


Above Images
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.


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