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March 2020

Iowa Stoneware, Brick & Tile

March 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Carnegie Historical Museum, 114 S Court St
Fairfield, IA 52556 United States
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Guest presenter Jeremy McLaughlin, a member of the Forgotten Iowa History Society, has been collecting stoneware since his first auction just after high school.  Since then he has collected stoneware, brick, and tile pieces marked from 100 different Iowa potters or pottery companies.  Come learn the fascinating story of the clay industry in Iowa, in particular those of southeast Iowa.  Seating is limited.  Take the elevator to the 3rd floor.

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May 2020

Birding Picnic Point

May 9, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Lamson Woods, End of East Fillmore
Fairfield, Iowa 52556
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It's World Migratory Bird Day and what better way to enjoy the day then to join birdwatching.com's Diane Porter, and Carnegie birders Stan Plum and Therese Cummiskey for a Big Sit at Picnic Point in Lamson Woods. Picnic Point was an often mentioned spot in the nature journals of Fairfield birders Carrie Lamson Ross and her husband William Graham Ross. Bring along your binoculars and a LAWN CHAIR. We'll sit atop Picnic Point and look for a variety of bird…

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September 2020

HISTORY IN A CLOTH BAG

September 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

From the mid-1800’s to the Depression, when recycling was a necessity, women turned 100-pound feed sacks and flour sacks into towels, underwear, quilts and clothing! When companies realized that farm wives had started shopping at the feed stores so they could pick out the best sack patterns, those companies started getting creative. Come join historian Michael Zahs, see his collection of items from a time unknown by many, and learn how cloth bags changed history! We are changing the venue…

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July 2021

Lewis & Clark Scavenger Hunt

July 27 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Carnegie Historical Museum, 114 S Court St
Fairfield, IA 52556 United States
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It is FAMILY ROAD TRIP WEEK and the museum will be open for extended hours on July 27 to 31 to encourage families to come in and explore all that the museum has to offer. On Tuesday the 27th, come in anytime after 12:00 noon and pick up a Lewis & Clark Scavenger Hunt from Director Mark Shafer. Then work your way around the museum to see what items you can find. You can then enter your scavenger hunt sheet…

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Carding & Spinning Wool

July 28 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Carnegie Historical Museum, 114 S Court St
Fairfield, IA 52556 United States
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It is FAMILY ROAD TRIP WEEK and the museum will be open for extended hours on July 27 to 31 to encourage families to come in and explore all that the museum has to offer. On Wednesday the 28th and Friday the 30th, families can come in anytime after 12:00 noon and try their hand at carding wool and spinning it into yarn with a drop spindle. (Best for kids 4th grade and up). Therese Cummiskey will be on hand…

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Lewis & Clark Scavenger Hunt

July 29 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Carnegie Historical Museum, 114 S Court St
Fairfield, IA 52556 United States
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It is FAMILY ROAD TRIP WEEK and the museum will be open for extended hours on July 27 to 31 to encourage families to come in and explore all that the museum has to offer. On Thursday the 29th, come in anytime after 12:00 noon and pick up a Lewis & Clark Scavenger Hunt from Director Mark Shafer. Then work your way around the museum to see what items you can find. You can then enter your scavenger hunt sheet…

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Carding & Spinning Wool

July 30 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Carnegie Historical Museum, 114 S Court St
Fairfield, IA 52556 United States
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It is FAMILY ROAD TRIP WEEK and the museum will be open for extended hours on July 27 to 31 to encourage families to come in and explore all that the museum has to offer. On Wednesday the 28th and Friday the 30th, families can come in anytime after 12:00 noon and try their hand at carding wool and spinning it into yarn with a drop spindle. (Best for kids 4th grade and up). Therese Cummiskey will be on hand…

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Lewis & Clark Scavenger Hunt

July 31 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Carnegie Historical Museum, 114 S Court St
Fairfield, IA 52556 United States
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It is FAMILY ROAD TRIP WEEK and the museum will be open for extended hours on July 27 to 31 to encourage families to come in and explore all that the museum has to offer. On Saturday the 31st, come in anytime after 12:00 noon and pick up a Lewis & Clark Scavenger Hunt from Director Mark Shafer. Then work your way around the museum to see what items you can find. You can then enter your scavenger hunt sheet…

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September 2021

1st Friday: Fikejs Photos

September 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Carnegie Historical Museum, 114 S Court St
Fairfield, IA 52556 United States
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Come view the photography of Gordon J. Fikejs on display at the Carnegie Historical Museum on September's First Friday. During Fikejs' nine years at the Ledger he "established himself as one of Iowa's best news photographers." The photos give you a glimpse into the life of Fairfield between 1959 to 1968. Fikejs covered everything from the drama of a fire to the excitement of local festivals. The Fairfield Art Association featured these photos in the fall of 2018. Come view…

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Dutch Oven Demonstration

September 11 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Maasdam Barns, 2224 IA-1
Fairfield, IA 52556 United States
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Join Gay Chapman and Therese Cummiskey for a demonstration of Dutch Oven Cooking. These ovens have been in use for centuries and were an important part of the westward expansion of our country. Come learn some of its history, the basics of Dutch oven cooking, and taste test some delicious dishes. This event, co-sponsored by the Carnegie Historical Museum and Maasdam Barns will take place at Maasdam Barns located south of the Jefferson County Health Center. Look for us under…

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