THE WALLACE CENTERS OF IOWA: sustainable food & civility initiatives

Hearts & Homes Historic Teas

High Tea & History


Hearts & Homes Historic Teas combine a delicious 3-course lunch with a program of readings from the historic pages of the women’s section of Wallaces’ Farmer magazine. The program is held at the Wallace House, in the same rooms where Nancy Wallace edited her Hearts & Homes column from 1895 to 1909. Nancy’s column provided sound advice and thought-provoking commentary still useful today.

Scheduled throughout the year, “Open Tea” dates accept reservations from several separate small groups. Most of the fruits and vegetables used in the menu are grown at the Country Life Center farm. Please let us know about dietary restrictions and accessibility needs in advance.

2018 remaining open dates include October 12, November 9, December 7 and December 14. October has a wait list.

Cost: $22/person. Please note: A 3.5% transaction fee is added for credit/debit card payments.

Since its beginning in December of 2009, the program has entertained a growing number of Des Moines Senior College classes, Red Hat ladies clubs, PEO groups, doll clubs, retirement groups, bridal showers, and the Ray Society from Drake University. Private programs are available weekdays for groups of at least 12 people. Teas begin at 11:30 am, unless the group specifies otherwise. Call 515.243.7063 for more information or email Deborah Boyer. Please let us know about dietary restrictions and accessibility needs in advance.




756 16th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314
2773 290th Street, Orient, IA 50858
Ph: 515.243.7063 (DM)
Ph: 641.337.5019 (Orient)