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Museum Documentary tells story of family farms from 'Iowa Farmer Today'

Thursday, March 8, 2012

WATERLOO, Iowa -- The Grout Museum District, 503 South St. in Waterloo, will present a documentary, "Sharing the Farm Story," from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 14.

The family farm has been at the core of Iowa history since the state was opened for settlement.

During that time, farming has evolved from subsistence agriculture to a highly technical, capital intensive, scientific process that provides food and fiber for the world.

Iowa farmers have experienced enormous changes in mechanization, genetic and biological advances, chemical usage, changing role of government and new marketing strategies.

Through these changes, the farm family has remained at the center of agriculture.

"Sharing the Farm Story" collects, preserves and interprets the personal memories and knowledge from these people to provide the most realistic and descriptive account of past farm life for future generations, according to a news release.

Join the museum on April 14 to meet the farm families who contributed to the documentary, "Sharing the Farm Story."

Listen to the personal stories that capture the history and the passion for life on the family farm and sample some of the products they produce.

Learn how you can become part of the project to preserve Iowa's rural heritage and pass that legacy on to future generations.

The documentary will air at 11 a.m. in the SBIVM Theatre. The stories are from farm families in Black Hawk, Buchanan and Butler counties.

There are stories from Century farms, dairy and row crop operations, large commercial farms, small vegetable tracts, elevator managers and hired men.

It is a sampling of how dramatically farming has changed over the past generation. The collection of ag stories is part of the Grout Museum's "Voices of Iowa" project, a collection of oral histories to document and preserve the legacy of Iowa farm families.

This program is included with museum admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children (4-13) and $5 for veterans and active duty servuce men/women. Children 3 and under and Grout Museum members have free admission.

This project received financial support from Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area.

For more information, contact the Grout Museum at 319-234-6357 or visit www.GroutMuseumDistrict.org.



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