How Clinton Has Built and Fed the World
Feb 17: Underground Railroad & Clinton County Farms
Feb 24: Duke Slater by Bill Misiewicz
March 3: Where is Blackhawk? By Russell Fry
March 10: Lyondell
March 17: Naeve Family Farm & Beef
March 24: Eastern Iowa Young Farmers Coalition by Molly Schintler
March 31: Shaffer Ridgeway
April 7: Barns by Richard Tyler
April 14: Agricultural Secretary Mike Naig
April 21: Margo Hansen
April 28: Practical Farmers
What the Series Is All About
Continuing to celebrate its 10th anniversary, The Sawmill Museum is bringing back its Winter Speaker Series, running February 17 to April 28. Held every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30pm, these lectures are free to attend. Free admission begins at 5pm for the lectures. The lectures are in the museum’s meeting room. RSVPs are not needed to attend and light refreshments will be provided.
The speaker series is funded by Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area and focuses on mainly agricultural issues and history. Every week is a different speaker and topic. The first two topics are to honor Black History Month with the first being about Clinton County’s Underground Railroad history- as farms played a main role, and then February 24, there will be a special program by Bill Misiewicz on Duke Slater.
In March, Russell Fry kicks off the month with a talk about Blackhawk. The next week, Lyondell will discuss what they make. The next two weeks will feature local farmers discussing their specialties. Andrew Naeve will discuss their farming history and their newest endeavor. The following week Molly Schintler will discuss Eastern Iowa Young Farmers Coalition and their goals. March will end with Shaffer Ridgeway discussing being a black farmer; the presentation is a highly reviewed presentation.
April will see the return of a few of the past favorites. April 7 will be Richard Tyler discussing barns, one of the biggest hits from all the past speaker series. Then April 14, we will have the Iowa Agriculture Director Mike Naig here to discuss the state of agriculture in Iowa. Then April 21, Margo Hansen will talk about life on a farm. Then the series will end on April 28 with Practical Farmers.
For more information, the schedule can be found at thesawmillmuseum.com/speakerseries or call 563.242.0343.