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Personal stories are key in telling the story of agricultural innovation

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How many stories have been collected so far? The Agricultural Innovation and Heritage Archive has already collected about 40 stories …

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Crowdsourcing Agricultural History: Announcing the Agricultural Innovation and Heritage Archive

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Today, March 19th, 2013, the National Museum of American History launched a new online initiative that aims to crowdsource the …

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Teens and Teena

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I’ve never seen my career ambitions ending with a marriage or, as some of my friends call it, a “MRS …

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Pawning: the three balls lost and found

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Late last winter, I was contacted by curator Nancy Davis, who wanted to talk about the history of pawning in …

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An industry “zAPPed”: the state of board games today

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Last spring, I was given the most unique assignment in my graduate school education:  visit the Hasbro board game factory …

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Playing the American dream: race, class, and opportunity in business board games

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In the 1984 pilot episode of The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby’s Cliff Huxtable lectures his son Theo about his poor …

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Inventing the Game of Life

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How do you become successful as a toy inventor? Reuben Klamer, who developed the 1960 Game of Life, suggests inspiration, …

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Soybeans and the Panama-Pacific International Exposition

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“China sends tea and preserved ginger and funny nuts . . . [the Panama Pacific International Exposition] lets us know …

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Marketing Moments: The Gecko and GEICO

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Ten years ago GEICO wasn’t nearly the household name it is today. In fact, many consumers had a hard time …

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“With a click and a flash”: Creating an advertisment for Butter Krust bread

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  Marlon Gardley remembers the photo shoot for Butter Krust Ad in 1963. My older brothers Bubba and Carl kidded …

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