PSU Museums Consortium to meet at Pasto Agricultural Museum

July 25, 2012

We look forward to hosting our group's next gathering at the Pasto Agricultural Museum this Wednesday July 25 at 10 am. Agenda is informal, including providing updates from everyone on work to comply with new GURU policies. Please provide your input with any other items to discuss. At the museum, we have been working these past few months, and are still in the midst of new exhibit construction as we prepare for Ag Progress Days in mid-August. We can tour the museum and share the work in progress.

Ag In the Classroom

July 16, 2012

We are gearing up again for our Ag in the Classroom workshop. Thanks for opening up the Pasto museum for participants. We will have up to 60 teachers attending. It will be from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm on Monday July 16th. Feel free to join us for dinner right after in the pavilion.

Volunteer Meeting and Luncheon

May 22, 2012

Pasto Museum will hold its annual volunteer meeting. On May 22, the museum will be open at 11 a.m., with a luncheon at noon, followed by the volunteer meeting.

Volunteer Meeting

May 22, 2012

Museum will open at 11 am for visits. Stop in to see the changes we've made and the work still underway. Exhibits are being updated with more detail and photographs. Artifacts have been brought out of storage to complete new exhibits. Lunch served at noon, followed by meeting until 3pm. Join us to review all that we have accomplished in this last year and be a part of the discussion of our plans for the coming season. Be part of the early planning for the 2013 Season.

Guided Tours

May 19, 2012

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, museum staff will offer guided tours for the public during the Master Gardener Garden Fair and Plant Sale.

Spring Festival and Master Gardener's Sale

May 19, 2012

Open House on Blue- White Game Weekend

April 22, 2012

On April 22, the Sunday of Blue-White Game Weekend, we'll be open from 1 to 4 p.m.," she said. "We will show a working model of the museum and share what's behind our efforts to clean, conserve and display the artifacts."

International Children's Festival

March 31, 2012

The Pasto Agricultural Museum, in partnership with the Office of International Programs College of Agricultural Sciences, and the International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences (IASA) will be exhibiting at the International Children’s Festival this weekend at State College High School…. Our exhibit features an interactive map illustrating the “Origins of Food”, asking “Where does our food come from?” and “How far has it traveled?” Stop by for a visit Saturday March 31, 2-6 pm.

Volunteer Work Days

March 13, 2012

Tuesday March 13, 5 pm – 8 pm Thursday March 15 10 am – 2 pm Saturday March 17 10 am – 2 pm (wear green!) When you visit this week, you’ll see: Artifacts covered with sheets to make clean up later less dusty Drywall over most of the T1-11 in the original building…and Jesse’s team just started today! Artifacts laid out for new exhibit walls in the hay making area Sample platforms we are testing for new exhibits Sample hardware we are testing for hanging and securing items to walls and displays Data-gathering volunteers collecting detail on the condition of each item in our collection…

Volunteer Work Days

February 15, 2012

We will continue moving artifacts out of the way of construction, clearing and cataloging artifacts and protecting items, so we can begin exhibit work THIS WEEK on: Wednesday 2/15 10am - 2pm Thursday 2/16 10am - 2pm Friday 2/17 10am - 2pm Workdays continue: Tuesday 2/21 10am - 2pm Wednesday 2/22 10am - 2pm Thursday 2/23 10am - 2pm Tuesday 2/28 EVENING 5pm – 8pm Wednesday 2/29 10am - 2pm Thursday 3/1 10am - 2pm

Volunteer Work Days

January 30, 2012

We will be working on moving artifacts out of the way of construction, clearing space for fabricating new exhibits, and setting up work space for managing tools, items and exhibit materials on: Monday 1/30 12 noon - 4:30pm Wednesday 2/1 10am - 2pm Friday 2/3 10am - 2pm We will be cataloging artifacts, protecting items remaining in the space during work, beginning exhibit work on: Wednesday 2/15 10am - 2pm Thursday 2/16 10am - 2pm Friday 2/17 10am - 2pm Workdays continue: Tuesday 2/21 10am - 2pm Wednesday 2/22 10am - 2pm Thursday 2/23 10am - 2pm

Pennsylvania Farm Show

January 7, 2012

Visit us at the College of Agricultural Sciences booth in the Main Exhibits Hall at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg PA, January 7-14.

Final Open House of the Year

November 13, 2011

The last Nittany Lion home football game will be followed on Nov. 13 by the final open house of the year at the Pasto Agricultural Museum, which will highlight hay making. John Baylor, professor emeritus, agronomy extension -- a hay and forage expert -- will discuss haymaking and visitors can view a video of haymaking field demonstrations showing historic farm equipment. We’ll have hands-on activities making straw stars, inspired by German folk art traditions. And to celebrate the conclusion of our Open House Series, Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream will be served, while supplies last.

2011 Sunday October 9th 1-4 pm Open House at Pasto Agricultural Museum features "Doing the Laundry"

November 1, 2011

On Sunday, October 9th from 1-4pm at the Pasto Agricultural Museum we will be doing the laundry and demonstrating how clothes were washed in the past with a washboard. We will also have tours of the collection and a hands-on activity of making button yo-yo's to take home!

Open House Featuring Washboards

October 9, 2011

Before mechanized cleaning of clothing became common by the end of the 20th century, washboards were a common and vital tool in America and Europe, according to Rita Graef, curator. 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.

Sunday October 16th 1-4 pm Pasto Agricultural Museum Open House features apple peelers

October 1, 2011

Homecoming is as American as apple pie, and in recognition, Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will focus its Oct. 16 open house, during the university's homecoming weekend, on rare old devices used to prepare and process apples. We'll be peeling apples using artifacts similar to those in the collection, as old as the 1880’s. Bring your apple peelers for an informal "show & tell". Everyone who visits can make and take home an apple print bookmark.

Open House Featuring Butter and Churns

September 25, 2011

NIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- 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.

300 Years of Haymaking at Ag Progress Days

August 15, 2006

Field demonstrations both days between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. will feature horses pulling a mower, tedder, dump rake, side-delivery rake and hay wagon with a mechanical hay loader. Of special interest will be a demonstration of the long-gone practice of putting loose hay into a miniature barn with a horse-powered hay fork and overhead track.

Silent Auction

August 14, 2001

Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will hold its second silent auction during Ag Progress Days, Aug. 14 and 15, to help generate funds to preserve our rich heritage of agriculture and rural living. Proceeds will benefit the Penn State Ag Alumni Endowment for the Pasto Agricultural Museum.

Pasto Agricultural Museum


Museum Address:
2710 West Pine Grove Road, Gate K

Pennsylvania Furnace, PA 16865