‘History of Agriculture’ talk at library Thursday

“The History of Agriculture as Told by Barns” with John Porter will be presented at the Hancock Library on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The evolution of barn architecture tells the story of New Hampshire agriculture. Barns changed from the early English style, to Yankee style, to gambrel and then pole barns to accommodate the changing agriculture. Take a chronological walk through time, with photo illustrations of barns around the state that are examples of these eras of agricultural history.

Porter was raised on a dairy farm in Lebanon. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science, then went on to get a Master’s Degree from Cornell University in Animal Nutrition and Farm Management; he later got another Master’s Degree from Bob Jones University in Education Administration.

He served as a dairy specialist for the UNH Cooperative Extension from 1974 until his retirement in 2006. In 2001, he co-authored the book “Preserving Old Barns”; in 2007, he was editor and contributing author of “The History and Economics of the New Hampshire Dairy Industry”; and in 2011 he was contributing author of “Crosscurrents of Change,” an updated history of Concord. This program is free and open to all thanks to the Friends of the Library.

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