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The National Museum of American History is seeking your story of agricultural education. Got a great one? Submit it now!

Author: Kristy

If you were a member of FFA, 4-H, or other agricultural education program as a kid, you know just how powerful these experiences can be.

Now you can share it with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History!

The museum is embarking on a project to fill its Agricultural Innovation and Heritage Archive. The online repository is geared to collect and preserve the history of modern agriculture.

Share your agricultural education story now!

Obviously, agricultural education — and FFA — have played a huge role in the development of American agriculture, which is why the museum is launching an effort to collect, preserve, and share stories of regular people from around the country whose lives have been touched by programs and activities.

1982-83 National FFA Officer Team

1982-83 National FFA Officer Team

Visitors can share their stories about the technologies and innovations that have changed agricultural work, as well as how these changes have affected their communities. The museum hopes to build a comprehensive digital archive of modern agriculture through user-submitted personal stories, photos, and more.

The archive has a strong focus on personal stories. Stories accepted into the archive website explore the impact of agricultural innovation on individuals and communities. Please note that stories that promote a particular product, service, or business will not be accepted.

Perhaps the coolest part of this project is how it will be used. Your stories will be used by the Smithsonian’s staff to help prepare new exhibitions like American Enterprise, and several entries will be featured on our museum’s blog, Facebook page, and Twitter account. Additionally, all accepted submissions will be preserved and made publicly available on the archive’s website, creating a new database for students, researchers, and scholars. For more on the story behind the archive, see thisblog post by the project’s lead curator, Peter Liebhold.

Go ahead — share your story today! When you finish, be sure to browse the collection or even sign up to receive e-mail updates about the project. Some stories have already been featured on the museum’s blog.

Note: Stories must be submitted directly to the archive’s website for inclusion. Thanks!

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