Little is known of the significant role America's agricultural fairs played in developing communities when agriculture was a national industry and strengthening "domestic manufacture" the avenue to national self-reliance. In 1810, the Berkshire Agricultural Society (Massachusetts), led by Elkanah Watson, sponsored an exhibition considered the first of the new fairs in America. This prototype continues today with competitive displays, informal learning opportunities, demonstrations, lectures, parades, and celebrations. Agricultural Fairs in America includes thirteen historical and contemporary articles exploring the agriculture fair in America.
Agricultural Fairs in America
Tradition, Education, Celebration
Publication Date: November 30th, 2000
104 pages| 8.5 in x 11 in
Julie A. Avery is Assistant Curator of History; Coordinator of Information & Museum Services Division; and Coordinator of Rural Arts & Culture Program at the Michigan State University Museum.