Near Bonner Springs in Wyandotte County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The National Farmers Memorial
This Memorial is dedicated to the American Farmer past, present and future
To the Farmers of America
Because of the sacrifices that you have made
Because of the hardships that you have endured
Because of your determination to succeed
This National Farmers Memorial is dedicated to your purpose and in your honor, for you are the foundation of America, in the past, present and in the future.
Donald J. Meyer, Management
Union Project Coordinator
"The American Farmer" by Lewis Watkins
September 1, 1986
Robert E. Dole, U S Senator
Robert C. Myers, U S Deputy Sec. of Ag.
John Carlin, Gov. of Kansas
Harland Priddle, Kansas Secy. of Ag.
The Gala and Completion of the National Farmers Memorial and Sculpture "The American Farmer"
November 9, 1989
Clayton Yeutter, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Mike Hayden, Governor of Kansas
Sam Brownback, Kansas Secretary of Agriculture
S. Mason Carbaugh, Commissioner, Department of Agriculture
Edward Asner, Master of Ceremonies
A Special Tribute to
The American Farmer World Premier, "The Salt of the Earth"
by recording artists - The Bellamy
Harold L. Adkins
Robert A. Moffa
Lewis B. Watkins
Harold L. Adkins
A farmers [sic] son and a farmers advocate
Member of both 4-H and FFA
Director of the
Agricultural Hall of Fame
1977 - 1989
No man could earn a greater honor than to serve as director of the Hall of Fame twelve years & co-founder of a memorial that honors the American Farmer, past, present and future
Harold L. Adkins
Composer [of] orchestral suite
"The American Farmer"
Past Present and Future
Premier August 21, 1986
"I was reared a farmer and know the lifestyle, the joys & sadness, the work, and the importance of keeping the existence of the American Farm. In my music I have tried to reflect the farmers' way of life, of the past & the present and to instill hope for the future."
"Dreamers dream, while artists create dreams. I have found that the American Farmer creates his dreams each year with the beginning of each season. I am in hopes that my sculpture will influence the dreams of the farmer of the future, to provide for this country as he has in the past and present."
Faces reflected in the sculpture are, left to right; Harry E. Jackson, Elizabeth
Erected by Concerned Citizens and Organizations.
Location. 39° 6.512′ N, 94° 52.39′ W. Marker is near Bonner Springs, Kansas, in Wyandotte County. Marker is on 126th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Memorial is at the National Agriculture Center and Hall of Fame. Marker is at or near this postal address: 630 North 126th Street, Bonner Springs KS 66012, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bomber Builders (approx. ¼ mile away); The Ethnic Communities of Wyandotte County Sesquicentennial (approx. ¼ mile away); Kansas City, Kansas (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kansas Indian Reservations (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bonner Springs Veterans' Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); Centennial Park Caboose (approx. 3.6 miles away); Edwardsville Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.6 miles away); Moses Grinter (approx. 6½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bonner Springs.
Also see . . . National Agricultural Hall of Fame. (Submitted on August 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 704 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. submitted on August 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.