- Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Bicentennial Speaker Series presented by Don Meyer
Explore 200 years of farming from the arrival of the earliest settlers in Illinois and the decision-making, determination, hard work, adoption of machines & technology, and financial decisions of farm families that have brought us to the modern era of agriculture. Four “eras” of changes will provide the framework including the Western Frontier (1820’s to 1850’s), The Railroad Arrives (1850’s to 1900), Information Age and Mechanization Advancement (1900-1945) and the Modern Era (post WW2 to present).
Don Meyer began his career as an agriculture instructor & FFA advisor. He served the McLean County Extension for 27 years, retiring in 2010 as Director. He has served as a panelist on the WILL-TV “Illinois Gardener” program. Don currently serves as a full-time instructor at Illinois State University and has taught 11 different courses serving both the ISU Agriculture and Family Consumer Sciences Departments. Besides teaching, Don is a licensed farmland broker, auctioneer, private pilot & farm management consultant. He has received multiple awards for his professional work and for his community involvement as as a volunteer fireman, 4-H leader and alderman in Lexington, Illinois. Meyer has also recently co-curated the new “Farming” Gallery at the McLean County Museum of History.
This program is part of the “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans” series held on the third Sunday of every month through October, 2018. The series is presented by the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College in collaboration with the Illinois State Museum and will feature several Road Scholar Speakers offered by Illinois Humanities. For more information, please call the Illinois State Museum, (217) 782-0979, or the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College, (217) 786-2477.