As we celebrate the 150thAnniversary of the Morrill Act, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will host the
Legacy Lecture Series featuring speakers from around the world and topics that exemplify our land-grant legacy. One of our first speakers this spring will be the author of Kyle Tough and grandniece of Dean Edwin Kyle, Barbara Donalson Althaus.
Kyle Tough paints a picture of the early days of Texas A&M. When the Morrill Act was signed in 1862, the Civil War was in full swing. People were starving. Farmers had to walk 1500 miles to plow 160 acres of land with a single plow. The boll weevil destroyed millions of dollars of cotton crops. And vitamin A deficiencies caused newborns to be blind.
In the years to come, Texas A&M lived out it’s land-grant mission both on campus and in local communities throughout Texas. Professors not only educated students in the classroom, but also rode from train station to train station to visit small farming communities and show new agricultural methods.
In its early days, there were not many students in the university, but they believed they could feed the world. The school not only grew to be the largest of its kind, but the faculty, staff and students worked together to transform lives through teaching, research, service and extension.
Find out how Dean Edwin Kyle helped lead Texas A&M on its journey through hard work, tough times and triumph over perilous challenges. Join the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for this enlightening lecture by Barbara Donalson Althaus. Find the book at www.kyletough.com.
Barbara Donalson Althaus
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at10:00 a.m.
556 John Kimbrough Blvd.
College Station, Texas 77843
Free and open to the public.