From American Enterprise:
The history of American agriculture has been marked by tremendous transformations. Over the past seventy years, farming has become both more efficient and more sustainable, even as fewer and fewer Americans make their living as farmers. The transformation of American agriculture will be a major thread running through the American Enterprise exhibition.
With the Agriculture Innovation and Heritage Archive, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is asking the public to help preserve the recent history of farming and ranching across the United States. 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 user-submitted personal stories, photos, videos, audio files, and other ephemera. The Agriculture Innovation and Heritage Archive will be used by the Smithsonian’s staff to help prepare new exhibitions like American Enterprise, and several entries will be featured on our the exhibition blog. Additionally, all accepted submissions will be preserved and made publicly available on the archive’s website, creating a new online database for students, researchers, and scholars.