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Exhibit: 'Growing Season: Women in Agriculture and Food Production'
The UMass Amherst Libraries host “Growing Season: Women in Agriculture and Food Production”  in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, both on the lower level and in Special Collections and University Archives, on floor 25.

On the lower level, “Growing Season” focuses on the growth and encouragement of women in agriculture and food production at MA Agricultural College (MAC or “Mass Aggie,” the precursor to UMass Amherst) from the 1910s through the 1930s. With growing local food supply issues from 1900-20 due to World War I and population movement from farms to cities, MAC started special and short course programs that engaged women in practical agriculture, like gardening, fruit growing, dairying and also rural social services and home economics. The growing Extension Service program reached out to rural and farm community members with instructional workshops and pamphlets.

On display in Special Collections and University Archives, floor 25, are collections that reflect women and food production, including cookbooks focused on preservation and canning; Helen Hunerwadel who taught and advised on agricultural in Burma and Iran in the 1940s and 1950s; and Elizabeth Henderson, an organic farming pioneer and founding member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association.

The exhibit draws upon the archival collections in Special Collections and University Archives and includes photos, articles, and other artifacts.



When: Feb 5, 2016 12am to Aug 15, 2016 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission

The Art of Eric Carle: Hide and Seek

Eric Carle has made many pieces of unforgettable art during a 50-year career that includes more than 70 books. Unbeknownst to most readers, however, Carle has left behind a trail of "Easter eggs" in his illustrations, and in doing so has created a subtext of secret allusions. He often hides "C" and "R" in his images, denoting the first letters of his children's names. "A few times," he says, "I have even incorporated the names of friends into my books; these names will be hard to find; they are camouflaged."
This exhibition entices visitors to take a closer look at Carle's art to uncover these hidden references. Flip labels reveal some of the people and places important to him.

When: Apr 5, 2016 12am to Aug 28, 2016 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: $6-$9

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When: Apr 17, 2016 12am to Dec 17, 2016 12am in Amherst, MA

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About Amherst, MA
Amherst is a lively college town that is home to the University of Massachusetts as well as the Amherst College and the Hampshire College. It is located in the Connecticut River Valley in Western Massachusetts just north of Springfield and south of Greenfield just to the east of the Connecticut River.

Amherst's thriving downtown is full of culture! Museums - bookstores -galleries - antique shops - restaurants and lots of entertainment make the town an exciting place to see.

Visit the historic homes and well-known buildings including the home of Emily Dickinson and the Amherst History Museum at the Strong House. The Amherst common has many year-round local events including the Farmer's Market, Taste of Amherst, movies on the common, Fourth of July Fireworks, Teddy Bear Rally and more. Spend the day strolling the shops of downtown or bike the 8 mile Norwottock Rail Trail or enjoy the gorgeous scenery of this picturesque area.