University Park, PA -. Pasto Agricultural Museum Penn State will present a special exhibition of the old manuals, gardening tools, to debut in conjunction with the Master Gardener Garden Fair and Plant Sale, May 19.
This Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm the museum staff will offer tours of the facility visits, with hundreds of farm implements and rare home “was muscle-power”, before the advent of electricity and gasoline engines.
According to museum curator Rita Graef, the new exhibition fascinate people with an interest in gardening. “We will offer great tools used by home gardeners or market,” she said. “These tools work the land by hand – the power is provided by the operator, not an animal pulling it across the field even on uneven ground, this would have been hard work.”
Graef said many of these items have been in storage since they were donated and never been exposed before. “We are dusting off and share this part of our agricultural past with museum visitors.”
Some of the items prepared for this special exhibition includes a planter garden Iron Age and corn seeder, gun powder Acme, “New Model” plant and planter A5 Jiffy hoe a Planet Jr. seeder cultivator and plow.
Also this spring, Pasto Museum will hold its annual meeting of volunteers. On May 22, the museum will open at 11 am, with lunch at noon, followed by the meeting of volunteers.
Previously only open by appointment and during the three days of Ag Progress Days in August, the Museum of Pasto – which was recently expanded and renovated – is open more often. The facility welcomes visitors last fall every Sunday during football weekends at home to Penn State.
“We expect a similar schedule for this fall,” Graef said. “As the season progresses, we want to encourage visitors to return. New exhibitions and shows throughout the year will be added, programs and special activities will highlight the collection, and we will offer presentations that connect our agricultural past this” .
It operated by the College of Agricultural Sciences Penn State, the Pasto Agricultural Museum is located at the site of Ag Progress Days on E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs Russell, nine miles southwest of State College on route 45.