April 14 through Oct. 28

It’s the Year of the Farm

Tallgrass to Knee-high, presented by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, provides education about the historical highlights of farming in Iowa and the Midwest from 1910 to present day. The exhibition is divided into sections of 20 years (scores). Each score is broken down into seven topics, including crops, conservation, livestock, machinery, buildings, people, and farm life. Each topic will be supported by exhibit text that summarizes events over the 20 year span as well as supporting photos, newspaper articles, advertisements, and personal writings.

The topics are repeated throughout each score and give historical highlights that collectively tell the history of a century of farming. Within each score, unique objects from the period will be displayed. The exhibit sponsor, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, is celebrating 100 years of service in Iowa, and will  display the company’s digital timeline and memorabilia throughout the exhibit to help tell the story of farming in Iowa.

Members of Iowa Farm Bureau are invited to view the exhibit free of charge from April 14 through Oct. 28. Just show your membership card!

The voice of farm women will also be carried throughout the people and farm life sections of the exhibit. The ‘voice’ will be shared through the journals of Clara Steen Skott, Alma Erickson Swanson, Evelyn Birkby’s radio program, Down A Country Lane, and the blog, Corn Beans & Kids, by Val Plagge.

In the center of the exhibit there will be an interactive children’s activity area. It will have farm toys, a reading station, games, a life sized milking cow, and two digital game stations. Near the end of the exhibit there will be a farmer’s market stand offering local farmer’s market information and recipes to take home! The recipes will be provided by Iowa Girl Eats, Becky’s Mindful Kitchen, and Corn Beans & Kids.

Rounding out the experience will be a video highlighting family farming in Iowa and the future of farming. The exhibit will be open to the public April 14 through October 28. There will be many special programs to accompany this exhibit, including canning classes, barn quilt classes, and a farm to table dinner! Keep an eye on our online calendar at for dates and sign up information.