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Looking forward to Spring on the Kelley Farm

By Minnesota Historical Society Press Release

  JANUARY 19, 2010 --

The Kelley Farm, located in Elk River, Minnesota, will be hosting a program called "Looking Forward To Spring On The Farm" on February 21, 2010, from 2 to 4 PM. The cost to participate is $6.00 per person, free for children ages 5 and under.

Experience how farm families prepared for spring by helping to clean the barn, sort through remaining preserved foods, feed the animals and check on seed stock and equipment repairs. Refreshments will follow in the Visitor Center. Visitors should dress for the outdoors.

Oliver H. Kelley and his wife Lucy began farming the land on the banks of the Mississippi River in 1850. Kelley was the founder of the first successful national farming organization, the Patrons of Husbandry, better known as the Grange. The Kelley Farm is recognized as "The birthplace of organized agriculture in America."

The working 1860s farm is located at 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., 2.5 miles southeast of downtown Elk River on U.S. Hwy. 10. It is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. For more information call 763-441-6896.

The Society's calendar of events is posted online at events.mnhs.org/calendar. The web site also has information about all of the Society's programs, museums and historic sites. To request a free guide to museums and historic sites, call 1-800-657-3773.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. Its essence is to help illuminate the past as a way to shed light on the future. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota's past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing.



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