Historical Change through the Eyes of the USU Barn, 1919-2010

LOGAN, UT – As part of its ongoing Saturdays at the Museum series, Utah State University’s Museum of Anthropology invites patrons to learn about the unique history of the Aggie Barn in activities Saturday, Nov. 13. Ambitious plans envision the structure becoming a new USU Welcome center and home to the Museum of Anthropology. Through Saturdays’ event, visitors to the current Museum of Anthropology will learn about the many transformations that the barn has experienced throughout the decades. Jon Alfred and Emily Wheeler, graduate students who have conducted extensive research on the barn, will be sharing their findings in a two-part lecture. The lecture begins at 1 p.m., with a question and answer session following. Activities for children will be available throughout the day, including an opportunity to build a mini barn. “The Barn’s changes over the years reflect the changing culture and traditions on campus,” said Wheeler. “Utah State University has grown from an agricultural college to an internationally-recognized research institution.” The USU Museum of Anthropology is on the USU campus in the south turret of the historic Old Main building, Room 252. In addition to its Saturday program hours, the Museum of Anthropology is open to USU students and members of the public six days a week, with regular hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For Saturday activities, free parking is available in the adjacent lot, south of the building. Funding for Saturday events is provided by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. More information about the IMLS is available online www.imls.gov. For more information about this event, call museum staff at ( 435 ) 797-7545 or visit the museum website anthromuseum.usu.edu. The Museum of Anthropology is part of the Anthropology Program at USU.

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