Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site Events

December 2019

December 14

Stop by the Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site on Saturday, December 14th from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. for a jolly good time during the site’s annual “Christmas at the Maxey House.”

 Visitors will step into a Victorian family’s home in the midst of preparing for and celebrating Christmas. Come learn about past Christmas traditions from the late 1800s and see how today’s Christmas is both...

December 19

Livingston invited St. Nicholas to the Maxey House to spend an evening with all his special friends.  During the event on Thursday, December 19th, from 6-8 p.m., children will make Christmas-themed crafts and listen to A Visit from St. Nicholas, better known today as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, while waiting for St. Nicholas to arrive.  After St. Nicholas arrives, children will be able...

December 21

Did you know the word ‘yule’ actually comes from the Old Norse word jol, a festival from before Christianity that marked the winter solstice?  Swing on by the Maxey House from 12-4 on December 21st and ‘ho-ho-hoedown’ with us as we craft some last-minute decorations for your holiday festivities. We’ll be making snowman ornaments and decorating stockings, so bring your crafty side!  Included in...

January 2020

January 3

Looking for something to do over your lunch?  Join us at the Maxey House for fun and educational discussions during our Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series.  On the first Friday of every month, speakers from and around Paris will be on site to discuss different topics related to the site's and Paris's history. 

On Friday, January 3rd at noon, Rob Spencer will be on site to discuss the...

January 9

Livingston's Winter Wing-a-Ding

Let it go! LET IT G- whoops, sorry, we meant ‘Let it SNOW!’
The biggest enemy of kids during the wintertime in the Victorian era, other than keeping warm and doing chores, was fighting boredom, and that hasn’t changed much!
In the 1800s, staying snug was a daily chore. Luckily, for an upper-middle-class family like the Maxeys, they had some...

January 17

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person at the Blind Pig, located at 129 South Main Street in downtown Paris, at 7 pm.  On January 17th, we will be reading and discussing The Readers of the Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.

If you can’t make a meeting in person or you just can'...

February 2020

February 7

Looking for something to do over your lunch?  Join us at the Maxey House for fun and educational discussions during our Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series.  On the first Friday of every month, speakers from and around Paris will be on site to discuss different topics related to the site's and Paris's history.  Bring your lunch and join us in discovering a side of Paris you've never seen before!...

February 13

Livingston runs for President!

An upcoming three-day weekend? What could be better than that?
Presidents’ Day celebrates the birthday of our first president, George Washington, but in recent years, it has become a time to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of all our presidents.
But all our presidents were kids too, at some point, and they dealt with problems many kids...

February 21

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person at the Blind Pig, located at 129 South Main Street in downtown Paris, at 7 pm.  On February 21st, we will be reading and discussing The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

If you can’t make a meeting in person or you just can't wait until...

March 2020

March 6

Looking for something to do over your lunch?  Join us at the Maxey House for fun and educational discussions during our Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series.  On the first Friday of every month, speakers from and around Paris will be on site to discuss different topics related to the site's and Paris's history.  Bring your lunch and join us in discovering a side of Paris you've never seen before!...

March 20

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person at the Blind Pig, located at 129 South Main Street in downtown Paris, at 7 pm.  On March 20th, we will be reading and discussing Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish.

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April 2020

April 3

Looking for something to do over your lunch?  Join us at the Maxey House for fun and educational discussions during our Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series.  On the first Friday of every month, speakers from and around Paris will be on site to discuss different topics related to the site's and Paris's history.  Bring your lunch and join us in discovering a side of Paris you've never seen before!...

April 11

Come and enjoy various Easter activities at the Sam Bell Maxey House during Easter at the Maxey House on Saturday, April 11th, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  Admission is free for all of the activities on the grounds.  The regular admission fees apply for tours of the historic house museum. 

Easter egg hunt age groups and times:
Ages 0-2 starts at 10:00
Ages 3-5 starts at 10:30...

April 17

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person at the Blind Pig, located at 129 South Main Street in downtown Paris, at 7 pm.  On April 17th, we will be reading and discussing Bud and Me: The True Adventures of the Abernathy Boys by Alta Abernathy.

If you can’t make a meeting in person or you...

May 2020

May 1

Looking for something to do over your lunch?  Join us at the Maxey House for fun and educational discussions during our Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series.  On the first Friday of every month, speakers from and around Paris will be on site to discuss different topics related to the site's and Paris's history.  Bring your lunch and join us in discovering a side of Paris you've never seen before!...

May 15

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person at the Blind Pig, located at 129 South Main Street in downtown Paris, at 7 pm.  On May 15th, we will be reading and discussing Educated by Tara Westover.

If you can’t make a meeting in person or you just can't wait until the meeting to start the...

June 2020

June 5

Looking for something to do over your lunch?  Join us at the Maxey House for fun and educational discussions during our Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series.  On the first Friday of every month, speakers from and around Paris will be on site to discuss different topics related to the site's and Paris's history.  Bring your lunch and join us in discovering a side of Paris you've never seen before!...

June 19

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person at the Blind Pig, located at 129 South Main Street in downtown Paris, at 7 pm.  On June 19th, we will be reading and discussing American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt by Stephanie Marie Thornton.

If you can’t make a meeting...

July 2020

July 3

Looking for something to do over your lunch?  Join us at the Maxey House for fun and educational discussions during our Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series.  On the first Friday of every month, speakers from and around Paris will be on site to discuss different topics related to the site's and Paris's history.  Bring your lunch and join us in discovering a side of Paris you've never seen before!...

July 17

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person at the Blind Pig, located at 129 South Main Street in downtown Paris, at 7 pm.  On July 17th, we will be reading and discussing The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde.

If you can’t make a meeting in person or you just can't wait until the...

July 24

Livingston the Lion, a stuffed animal from the late 1800s, is hosting a sleepover for your stuffed animal, doll, or action figure on the night of Friday, July 24th at the Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site.  Sign-in will be at the Maxey House from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. for the sleepover.  After introductions, Livingston is inviting all his new friends to stay for a story and snack beginning...

August 2020

August 7

Looking for something to do over your lunch?  Join us at the Maxey House for fun and educational discussions during our Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series.  On the first Friday of every month, speakers from and around Paris will be on site to discuss different topics related to the site's and Paris's history.  Bring your lunch and join us in discovering a side of Paris you've never seen before!...

August 21

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person at the Blind Pig, located at 129 South Main Street in downtown Paris, at 7 pm.  On August 21st, we will be reading and discussing All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy.

If you can’t make a meeting in person or you just can't wait until the...