Cedar County Historical Society Will Hold Annual A Day on the Prairie September 15th

  • Details

  • 9/15/18
  • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Free
  • All Ages
  • Categories

  • Festival/Fairs
  • Museum/Exhibit

Event Description


The Cedar County Historical Society of Tipton, Iowa in conjunction with The Pentacrest Museums of Iowa City, will be hosting their annual “A Day on the Prairie” on Saturday, September 15th, from 10 AM to 3 PM. This year’s theme is “Music on the Prairie, 100 Years of Music” and will feature musical genres from the mid 1800’s through the mid 1900’s.  A Day on the Prairie and the museum are always free admission to the public, though donations are greatly appreciated.  The event will take place at the Cedar County Historical Society Museum and Prairie Village located at 1094 Hwy 38, Tipton, IA – this location is just north of town on highway 38.

The Liberty Band of Iowa will be one of the featured musical groups at this year’s A Day on the Prairie; playing from 1 PM to 2 PM under the tent.  Steve Sprague leads the Marion, IA group in preserving the looks and music of Civil War bands.  They accomplish this through playing music of the Civil War era on musical instruments of the same time frame.  Heaven’s Callin’ a east central Iowa group known for their fun old-time country gospel music will be performing from 1030 AM to 1100 AM and 1130 AM to 1200 PM under the tent located in the Prairie Village.  The Family Folk Machine of Iowa City, directed by Jean Littlejohn, will also be performing at the A Day on the Prairie Event in the South Bethel Church of the Prairie Village from 1100 AM to 1130 AM and 1200 PM to 1230 PM.  The choir is known for exploring American history through song.  This popular Iowa Corridor group reaches out to communities through sharing their musical talents in folk music.  In the afternoon, 200 PM to 230 PM, Pat Sorgenfrey and Sue Gradwell will share piano played hymns and poetry in the South Bethel Church, located in the Prairie Village. Nica, of the Cherokee Nation, will be sharing traditional Native American music and Pow Wow dance lessons throughout the day.  Music from an Irish drum, fiddle, cello, acoustic guitar, and autoharp can be enjoyed at various times and locations through out the village. 

In addition to all of the entertaining music there will be activities and demonstrations for everyone to enjoy.  A blacksmith will be plying his trade in the blacksmith shop.  For the first time ever, a tinsmith will be on site demonstrating the tools of this old time trade.  The society’s working sawmill will be up and running, showing people how lumber is cut.  An early 1900’s wood McCormick corn sheller will be put to use shelling corn.  A favorite activity of making butter using an old fashion churn while baking bread on an open fire will be returning this year.  A local beekeeper will be on site to share about the importance of bees and how they play a vital role in our agricultural industry.  A flintknapper will also be at the event showing how to make tools out of stone much like the Native Americans did. Kids will have the opportunity to play with yard games that are similar to those their great-great-great grandparents would have played.  Also, they can participate in “bobbing for apples”, a pollination game, and several crafts including: making musical instruments, dipping candles, seed bombs and bee themed crafts.  This year for the first time the Cedar County Historical Society will be hosting the “Prairie Village Trading Post” where vendors will be offering a variety of goods for sale and information on current events.  Families can also enjoy items on display for the day including a model T Ford, a Witte diesel engine and the Old Jail wagon. 

Food will be available for purchase from The Gathering Tipton.  They will be carrying a traditional menu of hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and soda’s. All proceeds The Gathering Tipton makes will be used to support their new center that will be opening in downtown Tipton soon.  The center will offer entertainment options for tweens and teens as well as homework assistance in a safe, accepting and drug free environment.  Plans are also in place for family friendly events, resume help, and interview practice. Additional programs and services are being developed and will be available to the public in the coming months.

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