Special Collections & University Archives news: Corn & Krushchev by Liz Garst

Sep 14, 2016 · Rachel Seale

Iowa State University Special Collections and University Archives has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a presentation called Corn & Krushchev by Liz Garst at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3 in the Sun Room at the ISU Memorial Union. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa's communities.

Liz Garst, granddaughter of the famous Iowa farmers and citizen diplomats Roswell and Elizabeth Garst, shares how it came to pass that Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and his family visited the Garst family farm in 1959. Her talk includes a history of agricultural development in Iowa, including the mid-century explosion of farm productivity, based on the hybrid seeds, machinery, fertilizers and livestock technologies promoted by her grandfather. She will share images from the family papers, which are housed in the Iowa State University Special Collections. Liz Garst manages banking and farming interests for the Garst family and is a board member and volunteer for Whiterock Conservancy, a non-profit land trust near Coon Rapids dedicated to finding balance between agriculture, the environment and people. Whiterock Conservancy stewards the Roswell and Elizabeth Garst Farmstead, which is listed as nationally significant on the National Register of Historic Places. Liz Garst?s lecture is free and open to the public.

Cosponsors:?Special Collections & University Archives, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Humanities Iowa, Silos and Smokestacks, Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

Contact:?lectures@iastate.edu?or phone: 515-294-9934.

For additional information about Special Collections and University Archives, contact us at?archives@iastate.edu?or 515 294-6672.