Women, Gender and Sexuality at the Agricultural History Society’s 100th Anniversary Meeting

Women, Gender and Sexuality at the Agricultural History Society’s 100th Anniversary Meeting

aghistory_postcard_1The 100th anniversary meeting of the Agricultural History Society will be held June 5-8, 2019, in Washington, DC.  The conference will address the theme of “Power in Agricultural History.” It will feature scholarship related to rural women and will host the Rural Women’s Studies Association’s annual business meeting.  Here are some highlights related to women, gender and sexuality in agriculture and rural spaces:


Rural Women’s Studies Association Breakfast Meeting (Thursday, June 6, 7:15am)


Organizations and Identity (Thursday, June 6, 10:30am-12:00pm)

Chair: Vernon Burton (Clemson University)

“Making Americans: The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and the Agricultural Fair,” Tovach Welch (Western Carolina University)

“Cultivating Careers: The Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association,” Maureen S. Thompson (Florida International University)

“As the controversy nears its boiling point’: FFA, Gender, and Race in the 1960s,” Rachael A. Beyer (University of Delaware”

“Plan, Develop, Do, Reflect’: Cultivating Consumers through the National FFA Organization,” Callie Kostelich (Texas Tech University)


The Power of Regional Memory in Urban and Rural Spaces (Friday, June 7, 8:30-10:00am)

Chair/Commentator:  Katherine Jellison (Ohio University)

“In Living Color: Slavery and Living History in the Early Twentieth Century South,” Drew Swanson (Wright State University)

“Mourning and Belonging: Marking the Land with a Selected Past,” Emmanuel Falguières (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, EHESS, CENA/Mondes Américains)

“Socially Constructing Memory: Space, Place, and Maryland’s Civil War Monuments,” Abigail Padfield Narayan (University of Central Florida)

“The Power of Memory in Urban and Rural Pioneer Monuments,” Cynthia C. Prescott (University of North Dakota)


Pantries, Prices, and Faith in 20th-Century Rural America (Friday, June 7, 3:30-5:00pm)

Chair/Commentator: Nicole Welk-Joerger (University of Pennsylvania)

“Food, Frolics, and Faith: Amish Farm Women’s Recreation in 1930s Pennsylvania,” Katherine Jellison (Ohio University)

“What was an ‘Amish Menu’ in the 1930s?,” Steven D. Reschly (Truman State University)

“The Great Depression Takes Hold: Grocery Prices in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, 1929-1933,” Sue C. Patrick (University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire-Barron County)

“Contemporary Amish Food- and Farm-ways: Downhome, Downscale Neighborhood Groceries,” Beth E. Graybill (Millersville University)



Texts (Saturday, June 8, 8:30-10:00am)

Chair: Clare Griffiths (Cardiff University)

“The Vedic Conception of Agriculture and the Sedentary Transition,” Michael Brattus Jones (University of Texas at Austin)

“The Hybrid Yankee: Elinor Graham’s Our Way Down East,” Lisa Botshon (University of Maine at Augusta)

“Frances Moore Lappé, Finding a Sense of Place Through Food,” Michelle Mart (Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus)

“Beasts and Breasts: Animals across the Silent Power Divide of Gender,” Edward J. Ingebretsen (Georgetown University)


Women Producers (Saturday, June 8, 8:30-10:00am)

Chair/Commentator: Nicole Verdon (Sheffield Hallam University)

“Produce and Packing on Delmarva: Evelyn Harris the Atypical Canner and Truck Farmer,” Sara E. Morris (University of Kansas)

“Women and Children and Farming in the Callide Valley, Queensland, in the 1930s,” Margaret Cook (La Trobe University

“A History of Rural Women and the Intergenerational Transfer of the Family Farm,” Diane McKenzie (University of Lethbridge)


Who Knows best? Interactions Between Farmer Communities and Expert Institutions (Saturday, June 8, 10:30am-12:00pm)

Chair: Jenny Barker-Devine (Illinois College)

“Growing Trust: Scientists, Farmers, and the Creation of Farmers’ Institutes in Michigan,” Scott Wooley (Mississippi State University)

“Ethnicity and Expertise: Transnational Networks and External Influences on the Nineteenth-Century Immigrant Farmers,” Andrew Klumpp (Southern Methodist University)

“Bring Home the Bacon: Farm Economies, Gender, and Institutional Power,” Sara Egge (Centre College)


Rural Poverty and Power: Hunger, Need, and Masculinity in Agricultural Spaces (Saturday, 3:30-5:00pm)

Chair/Commentator: Minoa Uffelman (Austin Peay State University)

“From Labor to Languish: Men, Masculinity, and Poor Farm Residency,” Megan Birk (University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley)

“Fasting, Foraging, Fermenting: Native Foodways, ‘Poverty,’ and Colonialism in Early North America,” Carla Cevasco (Rutgers University-New Brunswick)

“Food Stamps and the Farm Crisis: Hunger in the Midst of Supposed Plenty,” Pamela Riney-Kehrberg (Iowa State University)

“’The Only Support She Had’: The Realities of Transatlantic Loss and the 1907 Monongah Mine Disaster,” Kevin Gooding (West Virginia University)


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