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Yuletide 2021: Hearth and Home

At the Farm House Museum
November 3 - December 15, 2021  



The holidays are a time of celebration, goodwill, family and togetherness. The Victorian Era popularized some of the most treasured holiday traditions - stockings hung by the fire, decorated trees, gift-giving, holiday cards, feasts of seasonal foods, and caroling. In the Victorian Era on Iowa State’s campus, these seasonal activities took place in the home. The Farm House Museum, at 160 years old, hosted many gatherings during the holidays spreading goodwill and cheer among the students, faculty and staff. The importance of the fireplace, or hearth, the ongoing importance of “home” during the holidays for the residents of the Farm House, and the influences of the Victorian traditions will be celebrated in the Yuletide 2021: Hearth & Home exhibition. This year’s Yuletide exhibition will feature stockings hung by the fire, first popularized in 1870s Victorian Europe, holiday décor, and the scents and sounds of the season.





Yuletide Evening at the Farm House Museum (Part of WinterFest)

Friday, Dec. 3
5:00 - 8:00 PM

Hosted by the University Museums’ interns, in conjunction with Winterfest, celebrate the holiday season at the Farm House Museum. Take part in Victorian yuletide-themed activities and crafts while you enjoy holiday treats. The carriage from the Memorial Union will stop at the Farm House Museum.


Yuletide at the Farm House Museum 

Saturday, Dec. 4
1:00 - 4:00 PM

Enjoy festive family fun at the Farm House Museum. Victorian yuletide-themed crafts and holiday treats will be provided. Tours of the historic home in full period decoration will also be offered throughout the afternoon as well as the chance to meet and take a picture with Santa. It’s the perfect start to the holiday season for families and friends.


Holiday decorations, exhibition and program support for Yuletide 2021: Hearth and Home at the Farm House Museum is generously provided by Carol Pletcher.

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, suggested donation of $8 per visitor.

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