Bayer Museum of Agriculture: Expansion on the Horizon
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
If you had one afternoon to teach someone the importance of agriculture in his or her daily life, about the struggles farmers have faced and overcome, the role that food, feed and fiber plays in our economy, where would you start? Where would you go?
A great place to start is the newly named Bayer Museum of Agriculture in Lubbock, Texas. When you walk into the museum, you are instantly transported into the past, where meticulously preserved farm machinery is on display.
Start your experience with the early days of horse-drawn implements with our display featuring an array of cultivators, planters and moldboard plows, including pieces from Oliver Chilled Plow Works, Superior Drill and the Vulcan Plow Co.
Or in the Alton Brazell exhibit hall where you can explore the earliest tractors including a 1915 Case Titan and 1915 Moline Universal. And don’t forget to take a trip through the cotton-ginning exhibit where you’ll learn first-hand about the vast improvements in ginning technologies. The oldest artifact in this area is a Churka gin from the 1600s that could only gin about 5 pounds of cotton daily. At the other end of the exhibit is our modern Lummus 170 gin, which ginned about 15-20 bales an hour (approximately 10,000 pounds). What a difference technology makes! Step into our 1930s replica tractor repair shop with a John Deere cut-away tractor and two interactive media stations featuring videos on cotton and farming.
In addition to these great historical exhibits, the new partnership with Bayer CropScience announced in August will allow for a massive expansion of our facility. Our Phase II expansion will focus on modern agriculture with a major crops exhibit featuring eight crops grown in the United States: corn, cotton, peanuts, rice, sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers and wheat.
The new expansion will also include:
- Main rotunda exhibit hall
- Bayer CropScience Cotton Technology exhibit
- Plains Cotton Growers meeting room
- Catering kitchen
- Gift shop
- Interactive cotton stripper simulator
Once completed, the expanded Bayer Museum of Agriculture will be a place where visitors young and old will walk away with an appreciation of their agricultural heritage and a better understanding of how today’s farmers continue to feed and clothe a world population that is expected to explode to almost 10 billion by 2050.
We’re excited about the Bayer CropScience sponsorship and believe the expanded facilities will interest a larger global and local audience. In fact, just this year we’ve already had visitors from more than a dozen different countries who have visited the museum and gained a greater appreciation for agriculture.
If you’re in Lubbock, Texas, come and see us! The museum is located at 1121 Canyon Lake Drive, and we’re open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. To learn more about the museum, check out this video from the Bayer CropScience sponsorship announcement, and visit the museum Website at www.agriculturehistory.org.
About Lacee Hoelting
Lacee Hoelting is in her sixth year as director of the Bayer Museum of Agriculture. She is a native Texan and proud alumna of both Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University. She is passionate about agricultural literacy, history, and celebrating the American farmer. She resides in Abernathy, Texas, with her husband Clay, an agricultural products salesman, and their daughter, Hadlee.