BABY FARM ANIMALS STAR AT HARMONY EVENT
Harmony PA: The Harmony Museum has teamed up with Butler County 4-H to sponsor a Small Farm Animals Day, Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harmonist Barn, 303 Mercer Road, Harmony. It’s a chance for kids and their families to meet baby farm animals and the 4-H youths who care for them. Plans call for lambs, goats, rabbits, alpacas and a calf to be on display and available for petting. The 1805 Harmonist barn, one of the oldest existing barns west of the Allegheny Mountains, also contains some of the museum’s collection of early farm tools and equipment.
“While Butler County has a long agricultural heritage, it’s now very difficult for most of our current residents to see and interact with baby farm animals,” says Rodney Gasch, president of Historic Harmony, the non-profit that owns the historic barn and the Harmony Museum. “We are excited to team up with Butler County 4-H members to share the joy of baby farm animals and to tell the stories of our region’s agricultural heritage.”
Antique farm tractors also will be on display, and vendors of farm products and crafts will have their products for sale. The event is free with parking available at the barn. Donations to the Harmony Museum will be accepted. Lunch, snacks, and beverages will be available. The Harmonist Barn is adjacent to the Harmony walking trail, and just a short walk from the Harmony’s shops and restaurants.
Butler County 4-H county has 25 different 4-H clubs with more than 330 members taking small and large animal projects as well as sewing and baking, shooting sports and robotics, among others. It is part of the nation’s largest non-formal youth development organization that provides its members, ages 8-19, the opportunity to “learn by doing,” through a variety of hands-on projects.
The nine-site Harmony Museum presents and preserves the community’s extraordinary history and is at I-79 exits 87-88, about 10 miles north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and 30 miles south of I-80. The museum has presentations that include George Washington's 1753 mission, Harmonists, Mennonites, and an outstanding collection of sporting rifles made by 19th century Harmony gunsmith Charles Flowers.
The town was founded in 1804 by Lutheran Separatists from southwestern Germany whose Harmony Society became one of 19th century America’s most successful communal groups. They thrived in various businesses, especially in the production of woolens and linens.
When the Harmonists relocated to Indiana Territory in 1814-15, resettlement of the area was led by Mennonites from eastern Pennsylvania whose meetinghouse was the first Mennonite church west of the Allegheny Mountains. The meetinghouse and cemetery, now owned by Historic Harmony, is on the National Register of Historic Places.