Leslie McManus, Editor

Contact: Brandy Ernzen 785.274.4304 dir / bernzen@ogdenpubs.com 

For people interested in old iron, antique engines and tractors and memorabilia are more than collectibles. They’re keys to an important era in the evolution of American agriculture and tangible evidence of a way of life now irretrievably lost. Old iron speaks eloquently of toil and sacrifice, innovation and resourcefulness, community and cooperation. And those are the stories that especially resonate for Farm Collector editor Leslie McManus. 

With the magazine since its launch in 1998, Leslie has enjoyed limitless opportunity to meet old iron collectors and share their stories. The hobby’s elders are the last living link to the era when steam engines ruled endless fields on the prairie and the stationary engine was an important labor-saving device on the farm. 

For the student of Americana, the old iron hobby provides remarkable insights into the evolution of technology, cultural shifts and regional interests – but eventually it all goes back to the farm, and that’s familiar territory for Leslie, who was born and raised in a small town in northeast Kansas. After graduating from the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas, she eventually returned to her hometown, where she was the co-owner and editor of the weekly newspaper for nearly 15 years before joining the staff at Ogden Publications. 

Today she looks ahead by looking back. “Farm Collector lends important perspective to all of our lives,” she says. “For all the progress made in the last 100 years, there is still immense interest and value in a lifestyle that demanded resourcefulness and innovation – attributes that serve us well as we move forward.”