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Why is there an orange combine on the front lawn of Alexander Library?

The Rutgers University Libraries are pleased to announce the spring 2008 exhibition in the Special Collections galleries in Alexander Library, "Garden State Harvest: New Jersey's Agricultural Heritage." We're so proud of the exhibition that we've placed one of the display items, an orange combine from the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, on the front lawn!

The exhibition is built upon a wealth of printed materials held in our Special Collections and University Archives, such as NJ state fair posters, farm equipment manufacturers' catalogs, and product brochures for horses, cows, oysters, and fruit and vegetables in the Sinclair New Jersey Collection; items from the Manuscripts Collection including diaries from farm women, account books by farmers, and the personal papers of George H. Cook; rare maps and drawings from the Map collection including turn of the century county farm maps; and historic materials from the University Archives including photographs of farms across the state throughout the past 100 years and the records of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station from 1889-1962.

The exhibit is also immeasurably enriched by the input and insights we've received from our co-sponsors - the Office of the Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. In addition, we are pleased to note the many valuable contributions to the exhibition from the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture and the New Jersey State Archives.

To highlight the exhibition the Libraries offer two programs, free and open to the public:

Thursday March 13th, at 5:00 pm

Robert M. Goodman
Executive Dean, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Executive Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
will speak on the topic:
"How New Jersey Agriculture Leads the Nation: Looking Back to Look Ahead"

Scholarly Communication Center, Teleconference Lecture Hall
Alexander Library

Thursday April 10th, at 5:00 pm

A panel discussion: "The Transformation of New Jersey Farms: Perspectives from the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station" Speakers:
Professor Emeritus William Roberts of Agricultural Engineering
Professor Emeritus Morris Fabian of Agricultural Economics
Professor Emeritus Charles Holmes, Mercer County Senior Agricultural Agent
Professor Emeritus Warner Thurlow, Middlesex County Senior Agent
Moderator: Mark Robson, Director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station

Pane Room
Alexander Library

To RSVP for either event, call 732/932-7505 or email:

Posted February 14, 2008