Iowa State Farm House Museum celebrates 150th anniversary

Whitney Sager

The Farm House Museum will celebrate its 150th anniversary Friday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Farm House Museum.

Nancy Girard, University Museums educator of visual literacy and learning, said the celebration is free and open to the public.

Visitors to the event will be able to tour the Farm House and take part in a variety of activities.

“There will be everything from potato sack races to bean bag tosses,” Girard said.

The Farm House was the first building on campus, built in 1860. Girard said it was occupied by offices, classrooms and also served as the living quarters for several ISU presidents, in the early days.

The Farm House was turned into a museum in 1976, and is a National Historic Landmark, according to the University Museums website.

Girard said the Farm House Museum is an important landmark on Iowa State’s campus and tells the story of how the university began.

“It’s always good to know where you came from,” Girard said.