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2012

Lighting before electricity featured at Pasto Ag Museum open house
November 19, 2012
The last in a series of Sunday open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum during home football weekends this fall will focus on the history of lighting before the advent of electricity. The event is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 25. In today's modern society, we take electrical lighting for granted, and most seldom consider how the development of lighting technology provided an opportunity for people to read and work at night, and to extend working hours in a day, noted Rita Graef, Pasto Museum curator. "This would have been especially important in agricultural communities, where families spent all day tending crops, taking care of livestock or working in cottage industries," she said.... For the complete story, visit...
History of timbering featured at Pasto Ag Museum open house Nov. 18
November 12, 2012
The next in a series of open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will focus on the history of timbering in Pennsylvania and its significance in America's past....
Pasto Ag Museum open house puts spotlight on natural fibers
October 24, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The next in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will feature natural fibers and historical textile making from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28. Special guests from local craft guilds will share their expertise and demonstrate spinning and weaving techniques, according to curator Rita Graef. Members of the State College Weavers Guild will demonstrate traditional techniques from Bolivia and Peru. The museum is welcoming visitors this fall from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday during Penn State home football weekends as part of an initiative to increase public awareness of the museum's collection. See the full story at the link below...
Pasto Agricultural Museum open house focuses on haymaking
October 4, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The next in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will focus on the history of haymaking. The event is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 7. Hay consists of the entire above-ground growth of forage plants -- sometimes including seeds of grasses and legumes -- that is harvested, dried and used for animal feed, according to museum curator Rita Graef. "Throughout the early days of this country, Pennsylvania led the other colonies and states in the production of food," she said. "It was the breadbasket of the nation and a leader in haymaking." Hay and forage expert John Baylor, Penn State professor emeritus of agronomy extension, will be on hand at the open house to share stories of the history of haymaking and answer questions. For more of our story, click the link below...
Corn featured at Pasto Ag Museum open house Sept. 23
September 20, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The next in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will focus on old-fashioned corn production and its historical significance in America's past. The event is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.
Washboards featured at Pasto Ag Museum open house Sept. 16
September 12, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The next in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will focus on washboards and their historical significance in America's past. The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16.
A new exhibit is under construction at the museum this week.
July 15, 2012
Thursday July 12, 2012, barn exhibit construction begins. Using traditional mortise and tenon construction, Speicher Construction of Aaronsburg PA will have the structure ready for Ag Progress Days 2012. The Exhibit will showcase several artifacts important to the museum's Hay Making Collection, as well as other implements related to Farm life before the 1930's.
Successful Open House event this past Sunday & Volunteer work days continue
April 23, 2012
Our hard work had us ready for visitors this past Sunday, April 22.
Pasto Agricultural Museum to hold open house Blue-White Game Weekend
April 18, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will hold its first open house of 2012 during Blue-White Game Weekend on Sunday, April 22.