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How a Michigan botanist helped modernize American farm life during the turn of the last century

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The Liberty Hyde Bailey Birthplace in South Haven, now a museum.

Ever since the arrival of Europeans to Michigan, farming has been a key economic component for our state. However, without the life’s work of a Michigander from South Haven, farms in Michigan and across the nation might evolved quite differently.

Mark Harvey, State Archivist at the Michigan History Center, joined Stateside to discuss the life of pioneering botanist and horticulturist Liberty Hyde Bailey, how his “agrarian ideology” of advanced technology was received at the time, and how he’s remembered today.

Listen above.

This segment is produced in partnership with the Michigan History Center.

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