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Recording and Preserving Historic Barns of Missouri & Kansas

Johnathan Bender, writing for The Pitch of Kansas City, reports briefly on the efforts of the Missouri Barn Alliance and Rural Network (MBARN) to document and preserve the historical significance of “the family barn”: The Missouri barn is disappearing as … Continue reading

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Seed Company Catalogs Over the Years

After Christmas, gardeners began receiving nursery seed catalogs.  Most of us can recall our parents or grandparents receiving catalogs from such familiar names as Burpee, Henry Field, Gurney, Shumway, and Stark, to mention only a few.  The colorful pictures of … Continue reading

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Accounts of the 1812 New Madrid Earthquake

A news item reminds us that we are at the 200th anniversary of the largest of the great 1812 earthquakes along the Mississippi Valley, this one centered near New Madrid, Missouri, for which the fault line is now named.  Accounts … Continue reading

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February 1937 – Farm Radio’s Window on the World

In the 1930’s, radios and radio broadcasts were becoming increasingly available to rural families, bringing a new audio window into the broader nation and world. Radio provided useful weather and market reports and USDA-produced agricultural programs such as the noon-hour … Continue reading

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Introducing Prairie Yesteryear

Prairie Yesteryear features commentary and research which I and my mother have collected on bits of history, typically relating to life in the rural Midwest or the lives and paths of our ancestors.

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