John T. Schlebecker '49

John Thomas Schlebecker is a noted scholar of agricultural history and is the single most important person in the living historical farms movement since its beginning.

He is a founding member of the Association for Living Historical Farms and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) and has held every major office in the organization. Through lectures and publications he has husbanded the living historical farms idea. He is the author of Whereby We Thrive: A History of American Farming, 1607-1972; The Use of the Land: Essays on the History of American Agriculture and other scholarly works in agricultural history.

He is a retired curator of the Smithsonian Institution. John graduated from Hiram College in 1949 with a major in social science. He earned his Master's Degree in history from Harvard University in 1951 and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1954. John was the secretary and treasurer of the Association for Living Historical Farms and Agricultural Museum. His most recent book, The Many Names of Country People is dedicated to “The Faculty of History and of English: Hiram College.”

It his dedication and commitment to scholarship and to the living historical farms movement that has made John Thomas Schlebecker most deserving of the Hiram College Alumni Achievement Award.

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