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ITHACA—Author and scholar Grey Osterud will discuss her book on women and family farming in south-central New York on May 2 and 3 in Ithaca and Dryden.


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Putting the Barn Before the House: Women and Family Farming in Early Twentieth-Century New York features the voices and viewpoints of women born before World War I. Published by the Cornell University Press, the book won the 2013 Theodore Saloutos Memorial Award (Agricultural History Society).
According to the author, most women saw “putting the barn before the house”—investing capital and labor in productive operations rather than spending money on consumer goods or devoting time to mere housework—as a necessary and rational course for families who were determined to make a living on the land and, if possible, to pass on viable farms to the next generation. Some women preferred working outdoors to what seemed to them the thankless tasks of urban housewives, while others worked off the farm to support the family.

Osterud will speak on May 2 at 2 pm at the History Center in Ithaca and on May 3 at 1:30 pm at the Dryden Village Hall in Ithaca. The event is free; donations are welcome.

The book talk is a joint program of Historic Ithaca, The History Center and the Dryden Town Historical Society.
For more information, contact Christine O’Malley, 607-273-6633,

The programs of Historic Ithaca are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Jeff Stein

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