This summer you can get a real feeling for North Carolina's agricultural heritage, as well as a lesson in agriculture's stake in the state's future, by taking in a featured exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. The History of the Harvest is said to be a "first" for the museum; a chronological exhibit connecting the state's agricultural past with cutting edge-research.
The exhibit will encompass a block-long stretch of flower beds along Bicentennial Plaza, the walkway in downtown Raleigh between the State Capitol and the State Legislative Building.
The exhibit will feature the wide-ranging nature of agriculture's gift to the state's citizens throughout the years, from medicinal plants grown by American Indians through new corn hybrids and advanced plant breeding technology. It will cover technology developed both by universities and by commercial companies like Syngenta, a worldwide agricultural research company with facilities located in the Research Triangle Park.
"The museum's focus is historical, looking back at how people have interacted with the environment," says Emily Grant, Youth Programs Coordinator at the Museum of History. "Our partnership with Syngenta helps bring that story to the present by looking at current trends and practices in the field of agriculture."
Visitors to History of the Harvest will learn about agriculture's contributions to the state's economy, about how North Carolinians have used plants, and the global issues of hunger and sustainable agriculture.
Displays will be presented in six sections that will focus on agriculture indigenous to North Carolina or introduced by settlers, contributions by North Carolina Indians, the evolution to cash crops, changes brought about by scientific research, including biotechnology, and symbols of the state, including the dogwood, the state flower.
The exhibit will be planted throughout the month of May and will be on exhibit over the summer months. You can read more North Carolina Museum of History offerings at http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/