Harvest Time!  Agricultural Records in the National Register of Historic Places

U.S. Department of Agriculture building (National Archives Identifier 148743055) For all of you people out there who are sipping your pumpkin spice lattes (personally, not a fan), welcome to autumn, the season of harvests, leaf peeping, crisp walks, and trick-or-treating.  There are many properties in the National Register that are specific to agriculture, farms, barns, … Continue reading Harvest Time!  Agricultural Records in the National Register of Historic Places

Homestead Act

Women Homesteaders

Today’s post is by Dr. Greg Bradsher, Senior Archivist at the National Archives at College Park, MD. Next year marks the 160th anniversary of the Homestead Act, a law making free public lands available to homesteading under certain conditions. Its provisions were responsible for helping settle much of the American West. Between 25 and 39 … Continue reading Women Homesteaders

It Will Do Everything Except Climb a Tree

Today's post was written by Joseph Gillette, Archivist at the National Archives at College Park. With an eye toward the post-war needs of farmers, the Department of Agriculture conducted a series of tests from 1942 to 1943 to see if military jeeps could be repurposed for farm use after World War II. While admitting further … Continue reading It Will Do Everything Except Climb a Tree