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Museum exhibit celebrates 100th anniversary of the Ohio Farm Bureau

| September 6, 2019

COSHOCTON – The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum is proud to present a special exhibit celebrating the 100th year anniversary of the Ohio Farm Bureau. The exhibit highlights local farms and the progress made by the OSU extension and the Ohio Farm Bureau. You will see examples of how agriculture has advanced over time and the importance of local farmers in Coshocton. Featured items include historical documents, machinery, 4-H and FFA extension items, donations from local farms, and more. The exhibit will be open to the public through Jan. 5, with admission to the museum at $4 for adults and $3 for kids. A formal opening will be held Thursday, Sept. 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Jan. 27, 1919 the first meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation took place on the Ohio State University campus at the former Botany and Zoology Building, now Jennings Hall. Farm Bureau members representing 76 counties along with many Ohio State University Extension agents convened during the Ohio State University’s “Farm and Home Week.”

Leading the meeting was George Cooley, “Father of the Ohio Farm Bureau.” The Farm Bureau adopted its first resolutions, pledging to support farm legislature, pressing for organization of a National Farm Bureau, supporting expansion of county Extension agent work and cooperating with Ohio State’s College of Agriculture and Experiment Station.

Today, the Farm Bureau represents members of all 88 Ohio counties with programming to help farmers advance agriculture and strengthen communities. The American Farm Bureau is made up of all 50 state Farm Bureaus plus Puerto Rico. The centennial is a celebration of the people who have each played a part in Farm Bureau’s success over the years.

Come join us at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum on Sept. 12 to celebrate how far we have come in just 100 years.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Coshocton County Farm Bureau. The Ohio Arts Council also helped fund this event with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum is located in Historic Roscoe Village, a restored canal-era town, at 300 N. Whitewoman St. For information, contact the museum at 740-622-8710, [email protected], or visit www.jhmuseum.org. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closed Mondays.

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