Farm Life: A Century of Change for Farm Families and Their Neighbors

In 1900, 42 percent of the American population worked in agriculture.

A century later, there were so few farmers that they were not even listed as a separate occupation on the 2000 census. Why do some families tenaciously cling to this way of life while a score of other families leave? What are the institutions they can rely on?

Farm Life: A Century of Change for Farm Families and Their Neighbors asks these and many other questions while offering visitors a view into life on a working farm. This exhibition, rather than focusing on the technology of farming, examines what it means for a family to live and work on the land. Through artifacts, photographs, graphic text panels, and interactives, audiences learn about the social, economic, and cultural framework of farms and their surrounding communities. Though the starting place is a Chippewa Valley, WI, farmstead around 1950, four sections (the farmhouse, fields, barn, and gathering places in the larger community) explore universal themes of family and community, touching on issues that resonate with farming and non-farming viewers alike.

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Availability

Farm Life toured December 2005 through August 2012.

This exhibition has completed its tour and is no longer in circulation. This page is for archival reference only.

  • December 15, 2005–January 20, 2006 Dacotah Prairie Museum
    Aberdeen, SD
    booked
  • March 25–April 30 Red River Historical Museum
    Sherman, TX
    booked
  • May 15–June 20, 2006 Steele County Historical Society
    Owatonna, MN
    booked
  • July 5–August 16, 2006 Fort Morgan Museum
    Fort Morgan, CO
    booked
  • September 1–October 5, 2006 Sul Ross State University
    Alpine, TX
    booked
  • October 21–November 30, 2006 Discovery Science Center
    Ocala, FL
    booked
  • December 15, 2006–January 19, 2007 McHenry County Conservation District
    Crystal Lake, IL
    booked
  • February 3–March 10, 2007 Eastern Illinois University
    Charleston, IL
    booked
  • March 25–April 30, 2007 Ellwood House Museum
    DeKalb, IL
    booked
  • May 15–June 20, 2007 Milwaukee County Historical Society
    Milwaukee, WI
    booked
  • July 5–August 20, 2007 Three Sisters Park
    Chillicothe, IL
    booked
  • September 1–October 5, 2007 South Dakota State University
    Brookings, SD
    booked
  • October 21–November 30, 2007 Old Independence Regional Museum
    Batesville, AR
    booked
  • December 15, 2007–January 19, 2008 Eastland Community Foundation
    Eastland, TX
    booked
  • February 3–March 10, 2008 Sedalia Chamber of Commerce
    Sedalia, MO
    booked
  • March 25–April 30, 2008 Decatur Public Library
    Decatur, IL
    booked
  • May 15–April 30, 2008 Del Mar Fairgrounds
    Del Mar, CA
    booked
  • September 1–October 5, 2008 National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame
    Bonner Springs, KS
    booked
  • October 21–November 30, 2008 Dublin Heritage Center
    Dublin, CA
    booked
  • December 15, 2008–January 19, 2009 Refurbishment
    Kansas City, MO
    booked
  • February 3–April 30, 2009 Historic Oak View County Park
    Raleigh, NC
    booked
  • May 15–June 20, 2009 Moses Lake Museum and Art Center
    Moses Lake, WA
    booked
  • July 5–August 16, 2009 McMinn County Living Heritage Museum
    Athens, TN
    booked
  • September 1–October 5, 2009 Eatonton and Putnam County Museum
    Eatonton, GA
    booked
  • October 21–November 30, 2009 Iowa Falls Chamber Main Street
    Iowa Falls, IA
    booked
  • December 15, 2009–January 19, 2010 Tunica Museum
    Tunica, MS
    booked
  • February 3–March 10, 2010 Minnesota State Community and Technical College
    Fergus Falls, MN
    booked
  • March 25–June 20, 2010 Hood River County Historical Museum
    Hood River, OR
    booked
  • July 5–August 16, 2010 College of Southern Maryland
    La Plata, MD
    booked
  • September 1–October 5, 2010 Historical Society of Talbot County
    Easton, MD
    booked
  • October 21–November 30, 2010 Mill Creek MetroParks
    Youngstown, OH
    booked
  • January 28–March 16, 2011 Angel Mounds State Historical Site
    Evansville, IN
    booked
  • April 6–May 25, 2011 Fort Caspar Museum
    Casper, WY
    booked
  • June 16–August 11, 2011 Living History Farms
    Urbandale, IA
    booked
  • September 1–October 20, 2011 John E. Conner Museum
    Kingsville, TX
    booked
  • November 10, 2011–January 7, 2012 Bravos Valley Museum of Natural History
    Bryan, TX
    booked
  • January 28–March 16, 2012 Edmond Historical Society and Museum
    Edmond, OK
    booked
  • April 6–May 25, 2012 Brown County Historical Society
    Hiawatha, KS
    booked
  • June 16–August 11, 2012 Port Huron Museum
    Port Huron, MI
    booked
  • September 1, 2012–January 7, 2013 Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center
    Enid, OK
    booked

Exhibition Details & Specifications

  • Curated By

    Carrie Ronnander, Curator of Collections, The Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire, WI

  • Organized By

    The Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire, WI
  • Content

    104 artifacts, 4 freestanding exhibit sections (including 9 artifact cases & 31 wall panels with photographs, labels, artifacts, and graphics), a hands-on calf pen area, and a freestanding introduction panel

  • Duration

    7-week display

  • Rental Fee

  • Grant

    $1000

  • Support

  • Shipping:

    The maximum out of pocket shipping expense is $1,000. Exhibitor will coordinate with the M-AAA registrar for all outgoing common carrier transportation arrangements.

  • Security

    Limited

  • Square Feet

    1600

  • Number of Crates/Total Weight

    14 crates, 1 tube/6,205 pound

  • Insurance

    The exhibition is fully insured by M-AAA at no additional expense to you, both while installed and during transit.