Events

Brown Bag to feature 'Great Moments in Ag Innovation'

W.W. Marsh made contributions to agriculture by developing an early harvester prototype. On June 6, Donna Langford will present “Great Moments in Ag Innovation” as part of the Brown Bag/Local Lore program at the DeKalb County History Center.
W.W. Marsh made contributions to agriculture by developing an early harvester prototype. On June 6, Donna Langford will present “Great Moments in Ag Innovation” as part of the Brown Bag/Local Lore program at the DeKalb County History Center.

DeKalb County has a rich agricultural history. On Thursday, residents can discover stories connected to some of the agricultural leaders that laid the foundation for innovation, not just in our county, but the nation.

Donna Langford, DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association manager of operations, will lead this discussion as part of the June Brown Bag/Local Lore program at the new DeKalb County History Center.

During her talk, Langford will explore the agricultural contributions of the Marsh brothers, William Eckhardt, Henry Gurler and Jacob Haish and how these achievements changed society. The impact of these agricultural innovators connects to the DeKalb County History Center’s current traveling Smithsonian exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America.”

Visitors are encouraged to check out the exhibit before or after the lecture to see how these local stories connect to the national themes presented in the Smithsonian.

The Brown Bag/Local Lore program is held at noon on the first Thursday of the month. The June 6 program will be held at the DeKalb County History Center, 1730 N. Main St. in Sycamore. Coffee and cookies will be provided. The program is free and open to the public.

The “Crossroads” exhibit costs $5 for adults and is free for members and children younger than 14.

For more information, call 815-895-5762 or visit dekalbcountyhistory.org.

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