An example is to put online educational videos, such as spinning wool.
“We are about to release one for basic weaving,” said Massey.
Massey says the museum’s 47 acres are full of real stories about real people.
According to the museum’s mission, it brings back to life the 4,000 years of history of agriculture and animal husbandry in New Mexico. It is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national honor for museums.
Fun and learning go hand in hand for visitors, says Massey.
And taking a lot of the programming online was fun for all the staff.
In fact, the museum publishes weekly information on the different types of cattle in its “Cattle Breed of the Week” series.
Last week, an article on the museum page highlighted the Black Angus, originally from Scotland and also called Aberdeen Angus.
Black Angus has become one of the most popular cattle breeds in the United States. The animals are easily recognizable by their solid black color and their absence of horns.
According to the message, the breed was developed in the early 19th century and the first Angus cattle arrived in the United States in 1873.
Massey says that New Mexico’s first Black Angus cattle were raised on the VV Ranch near Angus in Lincoln County. (At the time, the VV Ranch was run by none other than Pat Garrett.)
“Black Angus cattle were slow to spread in the Southwest because their black coloration increased heat and stress; However, today the breed is found throughout New Mexico and is commonly crossed with Hereford cattle, producing the popular “Black Baldy”.
“These are fun facts for everyone,” he says. “You don’t have to be a breeder to take advantage of these facts. It is important to know where your food comes from.”
Another online feature is “Faces of Farm & Ranch”.
Massey says the museum has reached out to visitors to share photos and stories that show their ancestors who grew their own food.
He said that interested people can send one to three pictures of ancestors and four or five sentences telling the family where they farmed or raised a ranch, and what they raised.
Information can be sent to email@example.com.
“We want to hear the stories of those who kept agriculture and livestock alive in New Mexico,” he says. “These are stories that lend themselves to global discussion. This one was really fun because people get involved. “
While the museum is closed, Massey says there are employees on campus who take care of the animals on site.
“They will take random photos for us, and we will post online,” he said. “We published a photo of our resident owls, Hoot and Annie. The two owls live in the museum and are usually found in the wooden beams above the entrance. They are a staple in the museum. “