Pasto Agricultural Museum To Hold Auction At Ag Progress Days

July 24, 2001

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will hold its second silent auction during Ag Progress Days, Aug. 14 and 15, to help generate funds to preserve our rich heritage of agriculture and rural living. Proceeds will benefit the Penn State Ag Alumni Endowment for the Pasto Agricultural Museum.

More than 100 items, from a baby llama to a new John Deere lawn tractor, have been donated, according to Darwin Braund, museum curator. "Buyers will find items to meet practically any interest, need and checking account," he says.

Items include antique hand tools and furniture, newer and antique model tractors, a year's supply of Penn State Creamery ice cream, meats from the University Meats Lab, and gift certificates for tools, dinners, perennial plants, seed corn and shoes.

Farm production items include bull semen, one ton of Agway calf feed, tires for a farm wagon and skid-steer loader, a galvanized farm gate, fence wire, dry cow treatments for mastitis, a barn ventilation fan, a 6-foot diameter stock-watering tank, alfalfa and corn seed and a year's subscription to Lancaster Farming.

Donations for fun and recreation include Penn State football tickets, Nittany Valley Symphony tickets, a full day of fly-fishing on the world-famous Spruce Creek trout stream in Huntingdon County and a major league baseball and baseball card, both signed by Bellefonte native Eric Milton, starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins.

Items for ideal Christmas gifts include hand-made wooden bowls (including one made from spalted Alabama pecan wood), unusual bird houses, antique railroad (PRR and B&O) and skaters lanterns, milk and other bottles, dolls, an antique baby crib, children's toys, framed photos including early pictures of the Penn State campus, Ag Hill and the old university dairy barns.

Several books will be auctioned, including ones describing old-time agriculture, a former farm boy's experiences of living in Poland, and Penn State football living legends Joe Paterno and Jerry Sandusky.

Books by Penn State authors on losing weight safely and cooking are included, as well as an autographed copy of former President Jimmy Carter's latest book, "An Hour Before Daylight -- Memories of a Rural Boyhood."

Historic articles include an 1896 Rand McNally school map of the United States and Mexico, and 1923 and 1925 gold and silver ROM medals awarded by the American Jersey Cattle Club from 1911 through the late '40s.

Auction catalogues will be available from the museum office by mid-July and on site. All auction items will be on display at Ag Progress Days, Tuesday, Aug. 14 and Wednesday, Aug. 15 in the tent beside the museum. Bidding will close promptly at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Successful bidders can pick up their items after payment is processed Wednesday evening or make arrangements for shipping.

For more information, contact Darwin Braund: 238 Agricultural Administration Building, University Park, PA 16802; phone 814-863-1383; e-mail


EDITORS: Darwin Braund can be contacted at 814-863-1383 or


Jeff Mulhollem 814-863-2719 814-865-1068 fax

Last Updated March 19, 2009