Archbold, OH – Sauder Village is hosting a free Agricultural Lecture Series at the Heritage Inn this season in conjunction with the renovation of the historic Grist Mill. Joe Anderson from Mount Royal University in Alberta, Canada will present the final lecture in the series on Monday, October 6 entitled “The Vacant Chair on the Farm: Understanding Marriage, Farm Management, and Soldiering in the Midwest during the American Civil War.”
“It is an honor to have Joe Anderson joining us for our Agricultural Lecture Series,” shared Kim Krieger, PR/Media Relations. “Thanks to the support of the Ohio Humanities Council all of the programs in this series have been free and open to the public – a great way for us to help share the social, economic and cultural history of Northwest Ohio, how that ties in with the agricultural history, and its importance in the development of our state.”
Joe Anderson’s evening lecture will be held at the Sauder Heritage Inn at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 6. Mr. Anderson will present “The Vacant Chair on the Farm: Understanding Marriage, Farm Management, and Soldiering in the Midwest during the American Civil War.” Mr. Anderson will share how the departure of husbands for the warfront created numerous problems for farm families. His study, based on an examination of wartime correspondence between wives and husbands, is an examination of the day-to-day existence and coping strategies that couples devised to endure the war. There was not a one-size-fits-all solution to the problem of the vacant chair. Instead, couples played to their strengths, relying on kinship networks to persevere and preserve the most valuable family asset, the family farm. Historians have studied the experiences of wartime urban and middle class women in depth, increasing our understanding of the ways the war opened or closed doors for women.
“We are pleased to be presenting this lecture series in conjunction with the Grist Mill renovation we unveiled early this season,” Krieger added. “Our guests have appreciated the updates to the exterior of the building as well as the rearrangement of interior furnishings and new displays that help share the important stories associated with the Grist Mill. The “Grain: From Field to Flour” Exhibit has also provided guests with an in-depth look at grains and some hands-on learning opportunities.”
Historic Sauder Village is open through the end of October.Other upcoming Sauder Village events include “All Aboard” Train Event October 4 & 5, Fall on the Farm/Scout Day October 11 and Community Health Day on October 18. For a complete schedule of special events visit www.saudervillage.org
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