A lecture/discussion on a project involving Hancock County’s historic farms is scheduled for 7p.m. Tuesday, September 30 in the University’s Alumni Memorial Union. The public is invited.
“Life on the Farm: Stories Sharing Hancock County’s Agricultural History” is a collaborative project between The University of Findlay and the Hancock Historical Museum. Christine Denecker, project coordinator and associate professor of English at the University, and Sarah Sisser, executive director of the museum will discuss the project.
Funded by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council, the project showcases oral history narratives from Hancock County farmers. Its purpose is to preserve the local agricultural heritage and to provide Ohioans with the opportunity to reflect on and discuss the ways in which agriculture has and continues to shape lives and the community. From May-August 2014, Denecker and Sisser recorded interviews with six Hancock County farm owners and prepared educational posters that were displayed at the Hancock County Fair.
Farm owners involved in the project are: Mark Metzger, Gary Wilson, Dennis vonStein, Jacquelynn Johnson, Wayne and Barb Marquart and David and Linda Spahr.