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The Andersons Story – Free agriculture lecture at Sauder Village PDF Print E-mail
Friday, May 09, 2014 2:49 PM

ARCHBOLD – Sauder Village is hosting a free Agricultural Lecture Series at the Heritage Inn this season in conjunction with the renovation of the historic Grist Mill. Richard P. Anderson, chairman of The Andersons Inc., will present the first lecture on Monday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. with a program showcasing the history of the Andersons company and their impact on agriculture in northwest Ohio.

“As part of our mission to preserve and present the agricultural history of our region, this lecture series will help share the social, economic and cultural history of Northwest Ohio, how that ties in with the agricultural history, and its importance in the development of our state,” shared Kim Krieger, PR/media relations. “The speakers that have been selected for this series are known for their expertise and knowledge of agricultural history.”

Thanks to the support of the Ohio Humanities Council all programs in the series are free and open to the public. The evening lectures will be held at the Sauder Heritage Inn at 7:30 p.m. on May 19, June 9 and October 6.

“The Andersons Story” will be presented on Monday, May 19 by Richard P. Anderson. Mr. Anderson will share the Andersons story with video clips from a WGTE program on this topic and his insights from the Anderson Company. Richard P. Anderson has been with The Andersons Inc. since his father, Harold, founded it in 1947. The Andersons Inc. is a respected leader and dominant regional player in the grain industry. Starting as a crew boss on construction of the first elevator in Maumee, Anderson worked his way up through the company. He was named managing partner in 1978 and president and chief executive officer in 1986. In 1996, he was named chairman of the board.

Other lectures in the series include a program on June 9 presented by Todd Price, founding director of Historic Wagner Farm in Glenview, Ill. Price will present “The Dawn of the Golden Age of Agriculture” – a program about the social, technological, political and economic changes of the 1920s and how these impacted farming. On Oct. 6, Joe Anderson from Mount Royal University in Alberta, Canada, will present “The Vacant Chair on the Farm: Understanding Marriage, Farm Management, and Soldiering in the Midwest during the American Civil War.”

“We are pleased to be presenting this lecture series and unveiling many other projects in conjunction with the Grist Mill renovation,” Krieger added. “Our guests have appreciated the updates to the exterior of the building as well as the rearrangement of interior furnishings and new displays that help share the important stories associated with the Grist Mill. The ‘Grain: From Field to Flour’ exhibit has also provided guests with an in-depth look at grains and some hands-on learning opportunities.”

For more details about the Agricultural Lecture Series, other special events or planning a memorable Sauder Village get-away call 800-590-9755, visit, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @SauderVillage.