NEW GUIDE TO FARM MUSEUMS


| January/February 1981



Case steam roller

Courtesy of American Society of Agricultural Engineers.

John Lee, of Morris, Illinois, owns this 1923 Case steam roller which he and his father, Ariel Lee, restored to first class working condition. Engine weighs 12 tons, is equipped with steam power steering. It is shown at the Sycamore Show, sponsored by Northern Illinois Steam Power Club.

Americans and Canadians who wish to trace rural history through museums can do so with aid of a new paperback book, 'Travel Historic Rural America', published by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers.

The book fits in with one of the purposes of IMA--to tell people about museums where farm machinery, implements and technology are featured. This guide can help not only the general public whose members want to visit such museums, but it can also assist organizations who are starting to improve their own museums.

You can see steam traction engines, tractors and stationary gas engines at the Charlton Park Village and Museum between Nashville and Hastings, Michigan, pieces ranging from a small one-row walking plow into machinery of the modern day, at the Lubbock County Museum in Lubbock, Texas, and horsedrawn and steam-powered equipment at the Carroll County Farm Museum, Westminster, Maryland.

These are just a few of the thousands of displays and types of items listed. You can also see farming demonstrations in progress, and attend special events which include festivals, engine rallies, old timers' days and many others.

Over 500 museums are listed; so are nearly 100 living history farms and restored rural villages, and more than 100 annual events. Maps and photographs are plentiful, plus specific information such as days open, admission costs, and telephone numbers.