Smithsonian Asking for Your Ag Archives for New Exhibit

A developing Smithsonian exhibit related to agricultural history is soliciting stories, photos, and archives from the public. Rod Bain reports has more:
“The Smithsonian Museum of American History will open up its American Enterprise exhibit focusing on agriculture from a business perspective in 2015. According to the curator of the museum, one of the goals is to make it an interactive display:

‘We are experimenting, we are doing something we have never done before. Times are changing for farmers and we need to get with the program. We can reach more people through the internet than we could ever by just going out and talking to folks.’

This reaching out not only includes interactive displays, and pieces in the Smithsonian based exhibit, it also includes a website to allow people to submit recollections, pictures and other memorabilia related to agriculture.

‘In the exhibit we will certainly have some materials on farmers. The recognition of that is one fo the things that has driven us to create the agricultural innovation heritage achieve. We really want to preserve, document and make available the story of American Ag.’

The achieve will allow citizens who may not be able to attend the exhibit in person to learn about he innovative changes in agriculture.
‘The story of what those technological changes mean to people in terms of how their lives have changed really becomes important.’

The web address to see and contribute is www.americanhistory.si.edu/agheritage

‘Its an easy to use site where you can browse what others have said or you can contribute your own story. We want people to tell their own stories that they think is important. We love to have photos as well.’”


A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.

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