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Association Membership: The Oscar L. Farris Agricultural Museum Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, supports the museum's public programs and events. The association provides volunteers and funding resources to encourage interest, support, and understanding of agriculture in Tennessee's past, present and future. Become an association member today.
FREE Admission to Special Events
Invitation to Annual Fall Meeting and Dinner
Access to Selected Research Material
Special Lectures and Workshops
Volunteer: Put your talents to use and have fun at the same time! Please call (615) 837-5197 to volunteer.
Volunteer Areas Include:
Festival Fix - Help with our Annual Rural Life Festival (2nd Week in May) or Farm Fun Days (Two Saturdays in July).
Green Thumb Brigade - Cultivate our Heirloom Vegetable Garden, Herb Garden, and Flower Beds.
Adopt an Exhibit - Care of Exhibit Items and Artifacts.
Museum Magician - Clean Exhibits.
Educational Activities - Set up Activity Areas and Assist with Student Programs.
Tour Guide - Discuss Museum Exhibits with Guests. Training and Information Provided.
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Endowment Creates Education Opportunities at the Tennessee Agricultural Museum
NASHVILLE - The future of education and outreach programs at the Tennessee Agricultural Museum has more vitality than ever before thanks to a newly-funded endowment.
For more than 30 years, the non-profit Oscar L. Farris Agricultural Museum Association (OLFAMA) has actively supported the Tennessee Agricultural Museum (formerly named the Oscar L. Farris Agricultural Museum) in its efforts to preserve Tennessee's rural history and encourage interest and understanding of agriculture through educational programs and exhibits, special events, and community outreach.
In December 2019, the OLFAMA approved Tim and Ann Ellington Wagner’s proposal to establish a restricted endowment trust to assist the museum in securely meeting its programming needs into the future. The Wagner family offered a one-time donation of $10,000, in honor of Governor Buford Ellington and Mrs. Catherine Cheek Ellington, Ann Ellington Wagner's parents, if the OLFAMA raised the same amount or more on its own within two years. The goal was achieved in a single year. To date, the endowment has raised a total of $27,000.
In a year otherwise burdened with uncertainty, 2020 showed the generosity of the Tennessee's agricultural community. To help the OLFAMA reach and surpass its financial goal, numerous individuals, families, and organizations made remarkable donations. Wilbur and Lucy Sensing generously matched the Wagner’s donation with their own gift of $10,000. Longtime museum supporters also contributed to the endowment including James Baker, the Davidson County Soil Conservation District, the Farm Bureau Federation and three of its chapters: Davidson County Farm Bureau, Cheatham County Farm Bureau, and Sumner County
“In the early 1950s, Oscar Farris witnessed first-hand the dramatic evolutions in agriculture based on the wider accessibility of rural electricity service,” OLFAMA president Carol Edwards said. “His vision to preserve and celebrate Tennessee's agricultural foundations continues in the museum today. For visitors, the setting fosters an appreciation for the ingenuity, dedicated work, and self-sufficiency of our early farmers. Those farmers provided for not only themselves, but also for their community and beyond. Farris' museum soon found a home on the farm that would become the Ellington Agricultural Center.”
"Education and outreach programs have been integral to the Tennessee Agricultural Museum's decades of success,” Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. said. “For almost 40 years, the museum has welcomed students of all ages, impressing them with how our farming families once fed their communities. While agricultural technology and methods continue to advance, the fundamental principle of farming to anticipate needs and strive to meet those needs remains steadfast."
Ann Ellington-Wagner agreed. "This endowment is specifically created to ensure the strongest possibility of the museum's ability to meet its future educational programming needs. My parents felt strongly that inspiring young minds with the belief that a purposeful life was one of active service to one's family and community is crucially important. Cultivating younger generations to better know Tennessee's rich farming heritage may inspire future farmers, continuing the hard but rewarding work of producing food for our tables and sharing in our state's dedicated farming community."
Donations in any amount to the endowment are welcome and will support continued museum and OLFAMA efforts to educate and celebrate Tennessee's farming heritage well into the future.
Please direct donations to the Tennessee Agricultural Museum
Attention: Carol Edwards OLFAMA
PO Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204
Checks should be made payable to the OLFAMA Endowment Fund.
For information about the Tennessee Agricultural Museum, the Oscar L. Farris Agricultural Museum Association, or how to donate, please call the museum at 615-837-5197.