Smithsonian Institution’s American Museum of History Wants Your Stories

The Smithsonian’s Museum of American History is working on a new exhibit, scheduled to open in 2015, that involves the history of farming. Sharon Covert, Illinois grain farmer and representative on the United Soybean Board is working with the museum on this project:
 

“What it’s going to be called is “American Enterprise”, and its how agriculture and manufacturing and business moved through history together, and how they’re inter-related. And so, this exhibit will have other items in it other than agriculture. But, its how we depend on each other and how we move through history together from a very rural farming enterprise in the early US history until present day.”
 

Covert goes on to explain what the museum is looking for specifically:
 

“I know that farmers have a lot of stories to tell. And especially earlier stories, as a child, and what they did on the farm and how that affected their lives, and how their agriculture has changed since that time. Or even their grandparents, and how they farmed. And what they’re looking for ios to preserve those stories, and what they’re asking of the farming community in the United States to think about those stories they have and record them. And they have a website that they’re collecting those stores, and they’re especially looking for stories attached to an artifact, be it a picture or something they have in their home that their grandparents used that was important to their type of farming operation.”
 

Covert gives the web address:
 

“american history dot si dot edu, and you can submit your stories at that website, and if you have something the curators would be very happy to talk to you about an artifact that you have that you might want to contribute, or a picture that you might want to contribute to their efforts to collect this history of American agriculture.”
 

While there’s no time like the present, Covert says there is time to think about what you might want to submit:
 

“People can think about what there is that would be an important story to tell about; where they homesteaded, or how they first started their agricultural operation and how its changed since then, or what their grandparents did, or just stories of agriculture. Might be livestock farming. They’re interested in all aspects of agriculture in the US, starting from the beginning of our history. Its just an essential part of US history and we want to preserve that story in the museum.”
 

Again that web address is http://americanhistory.si.edu. Soybean farmer Sharon Covert.
 


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