So­ci­ety’s Cal­en­dar High­lights Agri­cul­ture

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A new cal­en­dar fea­tur­ing McDon­ald County’s agri­cul­tural her­itage is now avail­able.

The cal­en­dar high­lights McDon­ald County pioneers who suc­cess­fully farmed the land in years past.

The cal­en­dar’s cover fea­tures a col­lage of col­or­ful can­ning la­bels. Spe­cific McDon­ald County his­tor­i­cal events also are de­tailed ev­ery month, said McDon­ald County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Lynn Ta­tum.

Vol­un­teer Phyl­lis Chan­cel­lor as­sisted Ta­tum with the cal­en­dar, or­ga­niz­ing ma­te­ri­als and col­lab­o­rat­ing to make the cal­en­dar as unique and help­ful as pos­si­ble.

The cal­en­dar fea­tures pho­tos that are dis­played in this year’s

agri­cul­tural ex­hibit at the mu­seum. Chan­cel­lor also thought the front and back cov­ers would look at­trac­tive by fea­tur­ing the prim­i­tive can­ning la­bels found in the county at that time.

Chan­cel­lor also spent hours and hours con­duct­ing re­search to find out spe­cific his­tor­i­cal dates in the county. After pe­rus­ing His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety books and in­for­ma­tion in the li­brary, Chan­cel­lor un­cov­ered 10 dates per month that high­light spe­cific his­tor­i­cal hap­pen­ings in the county. Those dates are no­tated on the cal­en­dar.

“She stepped up and did a lot of work,” Ta­tum said.

Vol­un­teers pulled from in­for­ma­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence gar­nered when the new agri­cul­tural ex­hibit was launched. The mu­seum fea­tured a “Straw­berry Room,” but it blos­somed into some­thing much more ex­ten­sive this year. Mary O’Brien men­tioned that she felt the mu­seum did not cover the crit­i­cal point of agri­cul­ture, so vol­un­teers rec­ti­fied that by re­vamp­ing the room into a full-blown ex­hibit that fea­tures a look at sev­eral as­pects of McDon­ald County agri­cul­tural history.

As vol­un­teers de­vel­oped and launched the agri­cul­tural ex­hibit, they be­gan to work on the cal­en­dar for 2018. Work gen­er­ally be­gins on the cal­en­dar in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary. The cal­en­dar is sent to a graphic artist who creatively makes the cal­en­dar as at­trac­tive as pos­si­ble, then sent to the prin­ter in June, with a fi­nal re­turn in Au­gust, Ta­tum ex­plained.

While dis­cussing the ex­hibit, it seemed a nat­u­ral segue to fea­ture an agri­cul­tural-themed cal­en­dar.

In an in­ter­view ear­lier this year, Ta­tum ex­plained that the county has rich his­tor­i­cal roots in agri­cul­ture with a busi­ness fo­cus of or­chards, mules and dairy.

Fam­ily farms be­gan to pop up in the county around 1830, then evolved into a fo­cus on cash crops around 1900, thanks to the en­try of the rail­road in McDon­ald County.

In the early 1900s, the county was known for its abun­dance of ap­ples, peaches, pears, straw­ber­ries, black­ber­ries and rasp­ber­ries.

Agribusi­ness be­gan to be the fo­cus around 1950, as the county con­tin­ued to eco­nom­i­cally boom with the growth of beef and poul­try com­pa­nies.

That history is pre­served in these unique cal­en­dars, which or­ga­niz­ers say make the per­fect Christ­mas gift.

Cal­en­dars are $10 and are avail­able at Rags to Riches Flea Mar­ket in An­der­son, Mus­tang Drug in An­der­son, Corner Café in South­west City, City Hall in Pineville, the Jane Store and the mu­seum’s gift shop.

Those who are in­ter­ested may also have the cal­en­dar mailed to them.

To re­quest a cal­en­dar be mailed, send $12 for each cal­en­dar to the McDon­ald County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, P.O. Box 472, Pineville, MO 64856.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

The 2018 McDon­ald County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety cal­en­dar, which is now avail­able, fea­tures an agri­cul­tural fo­cus this year.

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