Agricultural museum featuring hands-on demos

UNIVERSITY PARK – Central Pennsylvania’s agricultural past will be highlighted during Ag Progress Days through hands-on activities provided by the Pasto Agricultural Museum.

A timber-framing demonstration will be held on site during the three-day expo. According to the release, Friends of Ohio Barns and Timber Framers Guild will hand-hew timbers, cut mortise and tenon joints and assemble a garden-shed-sized timber frame structure, the release states. The demonstration will feature historic and reproduction tools that have been used for centuries to construct barns, outbuildings and homes.

According to the release, the museum will hold a barn-raising on Thursday to set up the structure. The shed will be available for purchase through the museum’s silent auction, which runs Tuesday and Wednesday. This year’s proceeds will support installation of new exhibits for dairy and poultry collections at the museum, the release states.

Also at Ag Progress Days, the Pasto Agricultural Museum is partnering with the Center County Historical Society and Centre Furnace Mansion to display “Everyday Objects – Fancy Forms and Familiar Functions.” Items found in the hands-on exhibit would have been part of everyday life in central Pennsylvania households in the 19th century, the release states.

The recently enlarged and renovated Pasto Agricultural Museum is located on East 10th Street, near the top of Main Street, on the Ag Progress Days site.