February 29, 2020

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Historical Society plans to extend Farm Bureau's birthday party
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence County Farm Bureau held its 100th birthday celebration on Monday, and the Lawrence County Historical Society is doing its best to extend the party.

The historical society has announced that the Lawrence County History Center, 12th and State streets, will be open from 1 until 3:30 p.m. Sunday, as well as Feb. 22 and 29.

Since November, the main display at the history center has focused on agriculture within the county. The Farm Bureau organization has been featured in the display.

"It's a chance for the public to come and see our exhibit, honoring the agriculture industry in Lawrence County, and the Lawrence County Farm Bureau, which was formed 100 years ago in February of 1920," said historical society spokesman John King.

The front of the building is devoted to farming during World War II. A display case is filled with rationing books from the era, and the room features a lot of reproduction posters from that time. The Farm Bureau display is also near the entrance to the building. A room in the northwest part of the building is devoted to farming with horses, and contains a lot of photographs of farmers and other rural people.

The historical society's presidential dolls are still available for viewing, with a new twist. Each doll also has a quote from the specific president, talking about farming.

An agricultural time line is a part of the display, while a back room features photographs of various Lawrence County barns, taken by local historian John Hamilton.

The historical society's most recent book, "Growing Aware, Farming in Lawrence County," will be available for sale. The book is a collection of articles and photographs about farming and farm life in Lawrence County through the years.


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