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Bound in Twine presentation with author Dr. Sterling D. Evans, Museum of the Western Prairie
October 2, 2018, 7 p.m.–8 p.m.
Dr. Sterling D. Evans will give a presentation at the Museum of the Western Prairie on Tuesday, October 2, at 7 pm. This program is free and open to the public.
Drawing on his book Bound in Twine: The History and Ecology of the Henequen-Wheat Complex for Mexico and the American and Canadian Plains, 1880–1950, Dr. Sterling D. Evans from the Department of History at the University of Oklahoma will speak about the many facets and aspects of wheat harvesting, especially on the development of grain binders that were used before most farmers switched to combines later in the twentieth century. Binders required twine and the best source of fiber came from plants in Mexico and the Philippines. How that was discovered, how it was developed, what labor practices it required, how competitive it became, and even what were the changes to the environment are all part of the “rest of the story.”
Dr. Evans is the Louise Welsh Chair in the Department of History at the University of Oklahoma and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He also is the author of five books and several articles. This event is hosted by the Western Trail Historical Society.