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Blue Slope Country
Museum - Franklin, CT.

Stew and Stories: Your
Agricultural Legacy

History is fun. History can be educational, surprising, and insightful....especially Agricultural History. "Educational History" is the objective of Blue Slope Country Museum, Franklin, CT. Exploring the early farm world in uncertain times and realizing the culture of these early farms so key to our culture is a rich experience for our life and times.

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We will gather with four men and women of the "earlier" era to "chew the fat over stew". They will share and/or trade stories of the past as we archive their memories for the Blue Slope Museum records. Learn from the experts ; the stories of southern Connecticut. These are not 'how to' stories, but rather real life stories rich in character, history, and the 'I remember when' accounts. Learn how some inventions were instrumental to farming, yet how many of the inventions reflect "everything old is new again".

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"Stew and Stories" is our next great HISTORY event you won't want to miss. Saturday, April 8, 1:00-3:00 PM. Saving, capturing, and/or documenting "Stories" of our legacy farm folk - farmer and farm-hers -- is key to insuring our children know their Connecticut agricultural roots; to insuring moms and dads appreciate how agricultural enhances your way of life.

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Stew and Stories is a one of a kind opportunity. It will give our guests a better perspective of the simpler, but harder life filled with laughter and friendship. No TV, no cell phones, no electrical power or running water, no WEB or electric lights. This program is recommended for ages 12 years and older. A donation of $5.00 per person and reservations are strongly recommended for this presentation. Reservations may be made by calling Blue Slope at (860) 642-6413 by April 3, 2017.

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The shear fun of learning from these folks is a delight you won't want to miss. The education you gain will be remarkable; facts you won't forget for many a day. Parking is free; stew if free; seating is free; friendship is free; smiles are all around you; and laughter will fill the barn. Come join us. Your life will never be the same.

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The warmth and wood-beamed comfort of our big Agricultural Museum will welcome you. Your interest will be immediately drawn to the 4000 archived, top quality, examples of farm tools, implements, kitchen items, domestic equipment, ox yokes, dairy equipment, and carpentry tools splendidly displayed. You may then join the group enjoying special fresh delicious stew as our Yankee farmers and farm-wives chat about their earlier lives, relate stories of the 1900 century, and recount tales of personal fun and interest from their lives. How did they make hay by hand? What is a haymaker's switchel? What was harvesting like using horses and mules before tractors? What was the process of hand milking? How did they keep milk cool before refrigerators?

Come with lots of questions; additionally, learn answers to many of the following questions:
A. Kids clothes often look like feedsacks. How come?
B. Where did milk come from before the super market?
C. How many horses does it take to plow or plant a 250 acre farm field?
D. What took place at the country store? How did they provide "credit? Who collected the tax?
E. How did people get "the new" before newspapers, radio, and TV?
F. Clothes Ironing was done by an "iron iron"? How was it heated? How did you keep it hot?
G. Steam Threshers preceded tractors, but not for long. How come?
H. Why did some guys like horses, others like mules? What were the "working" differences?
I. What were the county rules for keeping up the roads? Who was responsible to do what?

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