Antique Farms: a Great Family Heritage to Discover -Part III

Antique Farms are always interesting family outings that make history come alive. Just don’t tell the kids it’s a history lesson. Seeing how people worked and lived, especially in our own local areas really gives kids a connection to their heritage that is fun.
My friend told me her daughters were still playing “farm” weeks after the family toured a local farm museum. There’s nothing like actually experiencing Living History to make it come alive.

If you are into collecting Antique farm implements, Milk Jugs or tractors, it’s a lot of fun to go to Farm Museums and Country tractor shows. A lot of great people show up at these wholesome family days.

They are really fun and are a great way to spend family time together that will be remembered and appreciated. Believe me, kids go nuts with old Farm equipment, especially tractors!
I remember playing on old tractors as a kid, in my home town over 40 years ago! Playing farmer with my two wild brothers, on old ramshackled tractors is a memory I still delight in.
Who knows? Maybe that is what hooked me into the Antique Farm passion? Ok, I admit it, I’m hooked!

What is really amazing though is that you can find ancient relics at these shows often in Top running shape. Did you know you can still order parts for some of these living history machines?
To share in the fun, here is a list of some of the best Farm Museums out there. Here is a list of Farm Museums by Area:
(Please note: There are a lot of them so I will present the huge list via several articles).

North Dakota
Location: Makoti, North Dakota
Contact: (701)-726-5581
Info: Over 250 stationary engines & 150 antique farm tractors. Open June through September by appointment only.

Location: Marion, Ohio
Contact: (614)-389-1098
Info: Visit the museum at the Marion County Fairgrounds. It is open every Saturday 1-4 p.m. And by appointment.The museum will be open during the Annual Steam & Gas Engine Show the 3rd weekend in June. You will find a 1914 Steam Engine, Threshers, a Corn Shredder, early Farm Tractors and Machinery, several pieces of Construction Equipment, and other Memorabilia.

Location: Kinzer, PA
Contact: (717)-442-4249
Info: Collections of steam and gas engines available. Open May to Labor Day, Friday-

South Carolina
Location: Pendelton, South Carolina
Contact: (864)-646-3782
Info: Collections of local pre-1925 farm tractors, tool and equipment. Open by appointment only.

Location: Booker, Texas
Contact: Dan or David Sell, (806)-658-4786; (806)-658-2253
Info: Featuring antique engines, tractors & cars, rare tractors & cars. Open by appointment only.

Location: Surry, Virginia
Contact: (804)-786-7950
Info: Collection of antique farm tractors and forestry equipment. Open March to May & September to November Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-4.

Location: Union Gap, Washington
Contact: (509)-457-8735
Info: Featuring 18 display buildings of antique farm machinery and tractors. Open daily 10-5

Location: 14th Street and Constitution Ave. N.W. , Washington, D.C.
Contact: (202)-357-2700
Info: Open daily, 10 am to 5.30 pm. Extended summer hours are determined annually. Admission is free. Call for more information

Location: Walla Walla, Washington
Contact: (509)-525-7703
Info: Open April to October, Tuesday through Sunday 10-5. On display a 1919 combine used for threshing wheat.

West Virginia
Location: Point Pleasant, West Virginia
Contact: (304)-675-5737
Info: Old tractors and two steam engines on display. Open April to October, Tuesday-
That’s all this time. Next time: International Farm Museums!

Aliza Levine is an Antique Farm Nut and Historical Researcher
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The BLACK Man in the WHITE House: Racism Is Alive and Well in America

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. While this law was created to protect voter's rights and eliminate segregation in schools, restaurants and workplaces, the reality is that 50 years later Americans are still battling with these issues.

While many say racism is over and point to the fact that America has its first black president, Barack Obama's election actually ignited racial tension in the country, rather than ending it. As a result white supremacists, hate crimes and internet sites like Stormfront have grown exponentially.

These extremist organizations are fueled by an increased fear of nonwhites' power in government and the rising number of immigrants that are taking over "their" America. Racists choose to disregard the laws of this country in favor of their own warped ideology.

In the last couple of weeks, Cliven Bundy, Donald Sterling and Paul Ryan made racial comments that went viral, and dominated numerous hours of media coverage. Many Republicans stood up for Bundy prior to his racial comments, even though he was convicted of owing the federal government $1 million and refused to pay it. The NBA took unprecedented action against Sterling. And Paul Ryan defended his statements by saying, "I'm not a racist. I was inarticulate."

Sport franchises, corporation executives and politicians are riddled with racists of varying degrees. Most just have the common sense to avoid public pronouncements of their views, but that doesn't mean racism doesn't exist.

Playing into the racial frenzy that is sweeping our country are Republican governors like Scott Walker, Rick Perry and Rick Scott. All are hoping to suppress minorities' voting rights in their states in order to pass legislation that most Americans, especially minorities, don't support. After all, if only whites could vote, things would be very different.

With this mindset, many Republican Congressional representatives want to roll back the clock to the good ol' days of the fifties and sixties. The Supreme Court is aiding in this mounting discrimination with their recent decision to gut portions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This action to quash the Act, which was passed in response to Jim Crow laws is offensive to anyone's sense of fairness and justice for all.

Like the poll taxes and literacy tests of a bygone era, state issued IDs and voter-roll purges, coupled with reduced voting hours are all intended to keep minorities from exercising their constitutional right to vote.

In addition to voting rights, our courts and penal system discriminate against minorities. Young African American men are arrested four times as often as white men for carrying the same amount of marijuana, which is still illegal in most states. These arrests for minor crimes lead many black teenagers to follow unlawful pursuits rather than paths they may have taken without the scar of the arrest on their record. Also in question is the fairness of our judicial process. Two recent judgments handed down by predominantly white juries emphasize this unfairness.

These Florida verdicts vindicated white men who killed African American teenagers. George Zimmerman's "not guilty" verdict for the murder of Trayvon Martin was considered by many to have a racially influenced outcome. In another case that had racial overtones, a jury was deadlocked on whether Michael Dunn, a white man, was guilty of murder for shooting to death a black teenager over loud music. I wonder if the races of the victim and accused had been switched, if the judgments would have been different. Actually, I really don't wonder; unfortunately I know the answer.

Education is seen as one way to lower the number of incarcerated black men and help minorities become productive, tax-paying members of society. Yet, the Supreme Court stepped in and put up a road block making it harder to accomplish this goal.

In an April 2014 decision, the Supreme Court upheld a Michigan constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action as part of the admission process in the state's public universities. Seven other states currently have the same sanctions. States that forbid affirmative action in higher education, like Florida and California, have seen a significant drop in the enrollment of black and Hispanic students in many of their top colleges and universities.

Americans need to take notice of what is happening and not support the rebels that include many Republican elected officials. The diversity, which made our country great, needs to be seen in the leadership of America, as well as its average citizen. Racism is a communal problem and needs everyone working together to make life better, not for just a few, but for all.

The question of how to achieve less racism and more acceptances is complex and has no clear black and white answer.;

By Gerry Myers

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