Maize: Mysteries of an Ancient Grain

Come explore the science of how maize has evolved over thousands of years to become one of our most significant crops and discover why it continues to surprise us today through eye-popping graphics, hands-on interactives and much more!

A display from Kansas State University's Historic Costume and Textile Museum is also featured in this exhibit. 

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without” was a common saying during the Great Depression and an especially true adage for those who lived in rural communities. Women would sew underclothes, towels, and all sorts of household decorations from the fabric sacks that their cooking ingredients and animal feed came in--out of necessity and thrift--and marketers in the bagging industry took note.

Now there are collectors who search the country for the bags and numerous books have been written on the subject. The Flint Hills, known for its wheat and plethora of mills took part in this trend of clever re-use and shelf appeal with colorful graphics and various craft patterns printed on their flour sacks, many produced in Kansas City, bringing a local face to a national trend.

The Land Institute also features a display in Maize.Come learn how in the next forty years, The Land Institute intends to develop an agricultural system featuring perennials with the ecological stability of the prairie and a grain and seed yield comparable to that from annual crops. Through such a system, ample human food can be produced, while the disruptions and dependencies of industrial agriculture can be significantly reduced.
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