...actually, she's been on the road all summer.
Carrie Meyer, an economics professor and author of Days on the Family Farm: From the Golden Age through the Great Depression, has shared a few photos from her Midwest book tour. The pictures include (top to bottom): Meyer's slideshow at Paulson Agriculture Museum in Argyle, IL; flowers at Klehm Arboretum in Rockford, IL; an early tractor produced in Rockford, IL; and a photo from Historic Prophetstown in Battleground, IN.
One great thing about writing a book about a Midwestern farm is that you can go to beautiful, relaxing places on book tour. And you can visit the friends and neighbors that helped to write the book. It was a special treat to speak at Warren Paulson’s Agriculture Museum in Argyle, IL. Warren has the most amazing collection of old farm tractors and other machinery, much of it produced locally in Rockford, IL. When I was working on the book, I read about farm equipment in the diaries. Warren could show me what it all looked like.
You can follow Carrie Meyer on Twitter, where she gives daily updates from the 100+ years-old diary of Midwestern farm wife May Lyford Davis (who is featured in the book), and see a preview of a few vivid Great-Depression-era photos that appear in her book.