Dr. Milton C. Sernett will present a free lecture “From Muscles to Motors on the Farm: Henry Ford and the Great American Tractor Wars, 1910-1930” at 2 pm on Sunday, September 30 at Hanford Mills Museum.
Henry Ford's entry into the tractor business sparked a conflict in the farm machinery industry that had long-term consequences for American life on and off the farm. The transition from horse power to tractor power, from muscles to motors, took place during an era of rapid social change in American life. The lecture will use rare images from the archives of the great tractor manufacturers and depictions of the seasons of agricultural work before the factory farm replaced many family farms. These visual cues will encourage the sharing and preservation of memories of farm life.
Dr. Milton C. Sernett, Professor Emeritus, taught at Syracuse University for more than 30 years. He has published eight books and numerous articles and essays.
This program, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Speakers in the Humanities program.
About Hanford Mills Museum
Hanford Mills Museum is open 10 am – 5 pm, Wednesdays through Sundays, and on holiday Mondays through October 14. Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 County Hwy. 12, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 and 12, in East Meredith, NY, 10 miles from Oneonta and 15 miles from Delhi. Children 12 and under are admitted free, as are Museum members. The admission fee for adults and teens (13-64) is $8.50; and for senior citizens, $6.50. AAA and military discounts are available.
As one of only a handful of operating water-powered mills, Hanford Mills Museum has earned a place on both the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places. The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to explore connections between energy, technology, natural resources and entrepreneurship in rural communities with a focus on sustainable choices.
For more information, visit http://www.hanfordmills.org or call 607/278-5744.