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Flemish Illuminated Manuscript illustrating early hay making "Juni, Brevarium Grimani" circa 1510
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...

A Centre County farmer shovels corn into an outbuilding from the back of a truck in this 1957 historical photo. His wife is sitting and culling bad ears, while their child is standing and looking at the photographer. Photo credit PSU Library Archives
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.

The traditional washboard usually was constructed with a rectangular wooden frame in which were mounted a series of ridges or corrugations for the clothing to be rubbed upon.
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.

model in foreground, construction begins...
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.

Volunteers start to prepare exhibits at the Pasto Museum.
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.

September 15, 2011

The next open house held at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25, will feature butter and churns and their historical significance in America's agrarian past. The museum is welcoming visitors from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday during Penn State home football weekends as part of a new initiative to increase public awareness of the museum's collection. Other open houses are set for Oct. 9, 16 and 30, and Nov. 13.

A young visitor tries her hand at weaving
September 11, 2011

Spinners and weavers set up to demonstrate fiber arts techniques at the second of the museum's open houses.

A young museum visitor makes an apple print book mark to take home.
September 4, 2011

Visitors enjoyed open hours at the Pasto Agricultural Museum on the first of our "Home Football Sundays"

August 29, 2011

Agriculture enthusiasts, history buffs and others will have expanded opportunities to get a glimpse of America's agrarian past when Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum hosts a series of public open houses this fall. Typically open only by appointment and during the three days of Ag Progress Days in August, the museum will welcome visitors from 1-4 p.m. every Sunday during Penn State home football weekends:

August 22, 2011

During Penn State Home Football weekends, come visit the Pasto Agricultural Museum on Sundays between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.