As anyone who’s ever heard their elders talk about The Good Old Days knows, conversations about history can go long. One story leads to another as our memories unravel the yarns of yesteryear.
That’s why it’s important to get your county’s Local History Team assembled, organized, and focused on their goals. The sooner you start, the better, because once this ball gets rolling, it’s hard to stop.
We have 37 county Farm Bureaus with Local History Teams on the books as of June 18, meaning there are 28 left to go as 2018 continues slipping through our fingers.
For guidance in getting your team organized, contact your MFB regional representative or Jeremy C. Nagel (517-323-6585) at the MFB home office.
The Local History Team Took Kit & Resource Guide contains everything you need to get your project under way; it’s available online at MFB100.COM/resources. You can view it on-screen with the page-flipper widget, or download it onto your local drive by clicking the little down-arrow button on the toolbar across the bottom.
Also new at MFB100.COM is a link to the scanned archives of Michigan Farm News, courtesy of our friends at the world’s greatest university. This archive isn’t comprehensive or searchable, but it’s still a fascinating treasure trove of Farm Bureau’s history in Michigan. It’s also a “time sink” as they say, meaning you can easily get lost in what amounts to a time capsule documenting MFB’s every move since soon after its inception. Enter at your peril!
Local History Team activity is picking up statewide, with meetings this week in Kalamazoo, Cheboygan and Monroe; Ottawa County’s group gets under way next week. As the de facto program manager supporting local history teams, Nagel will be attending every one of them. Look to upcoming issues of Farm Gate to learn more about what some of those counties are working on.
“These History Team start-up meetings are really fun,” Nagel said. “At every one I’ve been to so far, I can see the light bulbs turn on over members’ heads when they start connecting the dots and bouncing around ideas about how they want their celebration next year to look.”
Nagel’s attendance isn’t necessary but can be helpful in setting your team on a good path; contact him directly to make arrangements: call 517-323-6585 or email him here.