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Timbercrest Senior Living: North Manchester Historical Society Program
February 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
“A 120 Year Time-Line of Change in Agriculture”
On Monday February 10, the North Manchester Historical Society will be hosting John Hartsough, the 4th generation of the Hartsough family to farm south of North Manchester. The program will be at Timbercrest in the Assembly Room where he will be sharing his 120-year time-line of changes in agricultural practices, demographics, and lifestyles in Wabash County. There will be stops along the time-line to discuss, among other things, the roles of mechanization, electricity, hydraulics, genetics, nutrition, and computers as the initiators, or results of change. Program begins at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for attendance.
Hartsough attended Manchester High School in 1965 continuing his formal education at Manchester College and Purdue University. While in college taking veterinarian classes, John decided to specialize in dairy medicine. Hartsough began raising dairy replacement heifers when a new dairy south of Wabash created a market for them. Around this time is when he decided to take over his father’s farm, partially because they needed someone who had a veterinarian past. John loved practicing bovine medicine.
“A 120-Year Time-Line of Change in Agriculture” is part of a series of programs made possible by the Smithsonian and Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit, Crossroads: Change in Rural America. The United States Congress has provided support for Museum on Main Street.
The North Manchester Center for History will be hosting the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit, Crossroads: Change in Rural America on March 21 remaining until May 3. Change in Rural America offers small towns a chance to look at their own paths to highlight the changes that affected their fortunes over the past century. The exhibition covers many themes; including identity, land, community, persistence, and managing change.