Ag Expo 2010

13 07 2010

It is summer on the MSU Campus and that can mean only one thing:  Ag Expo.  Ag Expo is Michigan’s largest farm industry show and this summer marks the 31st year of the event.  The University Archives & Historical Collections will have a booth in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources tent.  Our theme this is year “Preserving Family History” and we will have handouts and displays on that topic.

Ag Expo is held from July 20-22, 2010.  It is located off Mt. Hope Road in East Lansing near the corner of Farm Lane.  For more information about Ag Expo, including times and directions, visit the website at

Across the street from Ag Expo in the MSU Pavilion on Wednesday, July 21 will be the Great Dairy Adventure.  The Great Dairy Adventure is aimed at the young and the young at heart who wish to learn more about milk, cheese, and dairy.  It runs from 9:30am-3:00pm.  The UAHC booth will showcase the history of dairy at MSU and will include information on significant individuals such as G. Malcolm Trout, the Father of Homogenization.  The handouts from the UAHC will focus on learning games for kids.

For questions about the UAHC participation in either Ag Expo or the Great Dairy Adventure please email or call 517-355-2330.


Upcoming Events: Ag Expo and Great Dairy Adventure

13 07 2009

The University Archives will participate in two events next week that celebrate MSU’s agricultural heritage.  Ag Expo is on July 21-23 on the MSU Campus in the area north of Mt. Hope near the intersection with Farm Lane.  This year is the 30th anniversary of Ag Expo, which is the state’s largest and longest running outdoor farm show.  The MSU Archives will have a booth in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) tent.  The theme for CANR is “Family Futures,” so the theme for the archives is “Ensuring Family Futures by Preserving Family Pasts.”  Handouts about preserving family history for both children and adults will be available at the booth and archivists will be on hand to consult with people on their preservation and research needs.  On Tuesday, July 21, the MSU Archives will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with free cake in the CANR tent.  The cake will be served at 1:00pm.  For more information you can visit the Ag Expo website.

The Great Dairy Adventure will be on Wednesday, July 22 in the MSU Pavilion.  Focusing on dairy, the Great Dairy Adventure will allow children to pet different breeds of cows, milk a cow, be a milk mustache celebrity and more.  There will also be free dairy treats available.  The booth for the MSU Archives will feature facts about the history of dairying at MSU.  A handout/coloring sheet featuring Belle Sarcastic, a famous MSU dairy cow, will be free to children.

Admission and parking are free for both events.  Directions are available on the Ag Expo website.  The two activities are located near each other and families could easily visit both in one day.  We hope to see you next week!