Media Advisory: Smithsonian Collects Six FFA Jackets to Showcase Nation’s Agricultural Story

WHAT:    The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will host a donation ceremony to
                 receive six Future Farmers of America jackets from the organization, including a jacket worn
                 by former President Jimmy Carter.

WHEN:    Friday, July 25
                 10 a.m.

WHERE:  Warner Bros. Theater
                  National Museum of American History
                  Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th streets N.W.

WHO:       Peter Liebhold, curator, National Museum of American History
                  Jackson Harris, vice president, National FFA Southern Region
                  Corey Flournoy, founder, Center for Urban Agriculture Education, donor
                  Karlene Krueger, recipient, FFA American Star Farmer award, donor
                  Mary Louise Reynnells, technical information specialist, National Agriculture Library, donor

In a special donation ceremony the National Museum of American History will collect six jackets worn by FFA members, including that worn by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. The jackets will be rotated on display in the museum’s upcoming exhibition, “American Enterprise,” in a section showcasing the nation’s rich agricultural heritage.

The museum is also collecting the donors’ photos and stories for its Agricultural and Innovation Heritage Archive, an online portal launched in 2013 in which Americans are asked to share their agricultural experiences, particularly those involving innovation, in order to build a comprehensive digital archive.

“American Enterprise” will tell the nation’s business story, centered on the themes of opportunity, innovation, competition and the search for common good in the American marketplace. Opening the week of July 4, 2015, the exhibition will be a multimedia experience immersing visitors in the country’s evolution from a small, dependent agricultural nation to one of the world’s strongest economies.

Additional information is available in this blog post.

Note: Curator Peter Liebhold and three donors will be available for interviews after the ceremony.

Media only:

Lauren Meegan, Smithsonian            
(202) 633-3129  

Kristy Meyer, FFA                                        
(317) 538-7077