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Haymaking on campus in 1922 or 1923.

Haymaking on campus in 1922 or 1923.
Haymaking on campus in 1922 or 1923. Stockbridge Hall can be seen in background (prior to the enlargement at the rear of what is now Bowker Auditorium). Courtesy Special Collections and University Archives of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst.

From the notes of Special Collections and University Archives: “In 1922, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts appropriated $15,000 for the Massachusetts Agricultural College to purchase sixty acres of land lying immediately north of the existing Experiment Station. Known as the William P. Brooks Experimental Farm, the property was intended as a site for experimental work devoted to the dominant crops of the Connecticut Valley, tobacco and onions.”