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Agriculture and Rural Life

Livestock Heritage: Serving a Nation

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Fairs have always been a change agent, shaping agricultural products and refining the techniques that create them. Early fairs were a particularly useful tool for livestock breeders, inspiring and challenging them to improve the quality and quantity of our food supply. Animal agriculture has continuously evolved to meet the changing needs of the nation and world. The story of animal agriculture goes beyond food to clothing, medical advances, pharmaceuticals and recreation. Livestock Heritage is the second exhibition in the FairTime! series, featuring reproductions of The Fair Publishing House, Inc. (Norwalk, Ohio) collection of turn-of-the-century fair poster art. This exhibition helps to foster an awareness of the role of fairs in the changing field of livestock agriculture.

This exhibition is eligible for funding through the Michigan Humanities Council's Arts and Humanities Touring Program. For more information, click here.

This exhibition has been displayed at the following sites: Monroe County Fair, Monroe, MI; Marquette County Fair, Skandia, MI; Genesee County Fair, Mt. Morris, MI; Upper Penninsula State Fair, Escanaba, MI; Houghton County Fair, Hancock, MI; Cheboygan County Extension, Cheboygan, MI; Ohio Department of Agriculture, Reynoldsburg, OH; Orange County Fair, Costa Mesta, CA; Isabella County Fair, Mt. Pleasant, MI; Calhoun County Fair, Marshall, MI; St. Joseph County Grange Fair, Centreville, MI; Hillsdale County Fair, Hillsdale, MI; Southwestern Michigan College Museum, Dowagiac, MI; Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA; Calhoun County Fair, Marshall, MI, Kennsington Farm Center, Milford, MI; Old Shawnee Town, Shawnee, KS; MSU Extension Conference, East Lansing, MI; Huntingdon County Fair, Huntingdon, PA.

  Rental fee
(8-week period) :
$1,500, plus shipping
  Number of pieces: 20 reproductions of turn-of-the-century paintings created for posters to promote agricultural fairs
  Running feet required: 75-100 running feet
  Insurance Value:
$8,000 Certificate of insurance required
  Security requirement: Lockable, limited access display area; provisions to prevent the public from touching pieces; fire protection according to local ordinances
  Additional materials available:

Press materials. Slide/discussion programs are also available to supplement the exhibit: "Early Michigan Fairs," "'Women's Work' at Early Fairs," and "America's Unique Educational Fair".

Agricultural Fairs in America: Tradition, Education & Celebration and other merchandise is available from the Michigan Traditional Arts Program Store.

This traveling exhibition is an Agricultural Heritage Program activity of the Michigan State University Museum. It is made possible with the generous financial and in-kind support of the Carroll County Youth Fair (Maryland), The Fair Publishing House, Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, Maas Foundation, Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan Department of Agriculture, Michigan Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, The Office of Racing Commissioner, Upper Peninsula State Fair, and the following departments and units of Michigan State University: Office of the Provost, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Office of the Vice Provost and Dean, Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, MSU Extension, Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

Livestock

PICTURED: A glimpse of breed standards
created by W. Layman, 1911.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 



 

 


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