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Exhibit: Pioneers of Mass Aggie

Press Release
February 19, 2013
Anne L Moore (, 413-545-6888)



Exhibit: “Pioneers of Mass Aggie: Founders, Builders, and Innovators”


Amherst, Massachusetts - The UMass Amherst Libraries host an exhibit, “Pioneers of Mass Aggie: Founders, Builders, and Innovators,” through May 13, 2013, on the Lower Level and in Special Collections and University Archives, on Floor 25, in W.E.B. Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst.  “Pioneers” is the first of three exhibits to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the University of Massachusetts and will focus on the early history of “Mass Aggie,” as the Massachusetts Agricultural College was known.  A talk and reception will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013, at 4:00 p.m on the Lower Level.  John Lee of Allandale Farm will give the talk, “Sustaining Massachusetts Agriculture through the Years: A Brief History of the Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture and Allandale Farm.”  The event is free and open to the public.

John Lee is a life-long farmer and advocate for agriculture. He has operated Allandale Farm in Boston and Brookline, MA for 28 years. He is a trustee of the Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture (founded in 1792), the Massachusetts 4-H Foundation and sits on the Massachusetts Food Policy Council and the Board of Public Overseers.   Allandale Farm is a sixty acre, direct market organic farm that has been in the same family since the French and Indian wars.

Among the prominent pioneers highlighted in the exhibit are the first class of students (1867-1871), who were known as ‘the old guard’; early faculty members, including the ‘faculty of four’ who taught classes in 1867; early sports pioneers who worked to prove the athletic skill of ‘the farmers’; and the first women students and instructors. The beginnings of the Graduate School, the Experiment Station, and Extension Service will also be featured.

For more information, contact Anne Moore (, 413-545-6888).





Last Edited: 19 February 2013