Jim Karsnitz and Spencer Hill delivered and installed a modern heater, feed and watering equipment, courtesy of Eastern Shore Poultry, in the Museum's new commercial broiler house "classroom" on August 6th.
This equipment forms part of the poultry exhibit display and will also be used in the Museum's educational programs focused on modern poultry farming that the museum plans to launch in spring 2020.
The Delaware Agricultural Museum Receives Support from the State for Major Infrastructure Improvements
In June 2019, the Delaware General Assembly voted to approve funding in the fiscal 2020 budget for infrastructure improvements to the Delaware Agricultural Museum under Bond Bill 180.
Thank you to all members of the General Assembly who made this possible! A huge shout out to: Senator Colin Bonini (R) District 16, Senator Dave Lawson (R) District 15, and Senator Ernie Lopez (R) District 6, for all the assistance and support they have provided to the museum over the past several months!!!!!!!!!!
The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation Donate $5,000 to the Ag Museum
In May 2019, the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation generously donated $5,000 to the Delaware Agricultural Museum to support the upgrade and expansion of the museum’s poultry exhibit.
Covering an area of approximately 2,400 cu. ft., poultry is the largest of the Museum’s permanent exhibits and includes “The Birth of the Broiler Industry” Mrs. Cecil Steele’s chicken house (ca 1923). Mrs. Steele is credited with launching the broiler industry which, ninety-six years later, remains Delaware’s most valuable agricultural product. Because of its importance to the state, poultry will become the “highlight” of Delaware Agricultural Museum exhibits, providing visitors of all ages with a quality informational and educational experience focused on the industry, past, present and future.
The Perdue Foundation gift is key to the STEM concepts incorporated in the exhibit. The funds will be used to develop the poultry industry “Vertical Integration” display that will also include hands-on educational activities.
The Delaware Agricultural Museum’s Board of Directors and staff are grateful to the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation for their support!
Delaware Lawmakers Show Their Support!!
Several members of the Delaware General Assembly visited the Delaware Agricultural Museum in March 2019 for a reception highlighting the museum’s collections, exhibits and educational programs.
Pictured left to right are: Rep Franklin D. Cooke Jr. (D-District16); Senate Minority Whip, Catherine Cloutier (R-District 5), Rep Melissa Minor-Brown (D-District 17); Ag Museum Director, Carolyn Claypoole, Rep Sherry Dorsey Walker (D-District 3); Sen. David G. Lawson (R-District 15); Sen. Ernesto Lopez (R-District 6); Sen. Colin Bonini (R-District 16) and Senator David Wilson (R-District 18). Lawmakers attending the event but not present for the photo were Timothy D. Dukes (R-District 40) and Lyndon Dean Yearick (R-District 34).
Mountaire Farms Donates $10,000 to the Ag Museum
In November 2018, Mountaire Farms, generously donated $10,000 to the Delaware Agricultural Museum to modernize our poultry exhibit and help honor the late James H. Baxter, Jr., a well-known farmer in Sussex County. Mr. Baxter was a farmer in Stockley, Del., his entire life. During his career he grew chickens for Mountaire Farms and served in a variety of capacities, including President of the Delaware Farm Bureau for 10 years, and as Sussex County Recorder of Deeds. He passed away in August at the age of 94.
“Jim Baxter was a great friend to agriculture and to the State of Delaware,” said Paul Downes, former President and CEO of Mountaire Farms who arranged for the donation. “He was a man of faith, high integrity and well respected by all who knew him. He loved his family, his friends and his community. He had the best handshake in the state of Delaware."
The Delaware Agricultural Museum is grateful to Mountaire Farms for their support and generousity!!