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“Agriculture is more than an industry; it is a way of life. Throughout our history, the family farm has given strength and vitality to our entire social order.”
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower, January 9, 1956

Abilene, Kan. - The 2021 monthly Lunch & Learn series begins Thursday, January 28 at noon central time. The virtual program will begin right at noon, so please sign in 10 minutes early.

In this lecture, Dr. Pamela Riney-Kehrberg will discuss the primary aspects of farm children’s lives: work, school, and play. Work was the most important element in children’s lives, followed by school and leisure. She will tell the story of the children whose labor made the continuation of their families’ enterprises possible.

Dr. Riney-Kehrberg is a Distinguished Professor of History at Iowa State University, where she has taught since 2000. She is the author of Rooted in Dust: Surviving Drought and Depression in Southwestern Kansas, Childhood on the Farm: Work, Play and Coming of Age in the Midwest, Always Plenty to Do: Growing Up on a Farm in the Long Ago and The Nature of Childhood: An Environmental History of Growing Up in America Since 1865. She is also the editor of the Routledge History of Rural America. In 2017, she became a Fellow of the Agricultural History Society. Currently, she is researching the Farm Crisis of the 1980s. 

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Telephone: 617-675-4444‬ (PIN: ‪511 045 556 7306#)
[Please join 10 minutes early so the program may begin on time.]

The 2021 Lunch & Learn series is made possible courtesy of the Eisenhower Foundation and the Jeffcoat Foundation.

About the Eisenhower Presidential Library

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is one of 15 Presidential Libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. They preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire. Public programs and exhibits at the Eisenhower Presidential Library are made possible in part through the generous support of the Eisenhower Foundation. To learn more, visit