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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Historical Organizations

Mission: To preserve the history of The Farm community.

Results: Preservation of 15,000 cu ft of archival material and artifacts.

Target demographics: Sixties history buffs

Direct beneficiaries per year: 4000

Geographic areas served: Summertown, Tennessee

Programs: We use every tool within our reach.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Back around 2001, I was researching the Farm for the U.S. History Survey I was teaching. I was delighted by the web splash page for the Hippie Museum at the time, which was an eight-petaled mandala that hummed each time a different petal was chosen (inc. Express Thyself, Happenings, Join Us, Timeline, The Personal, The Political, The Earth, and Collections). It was certainly not accessible, but it was beautiful and fun. It was designed as an SWF, and still plays in IE when blocked content is allowed, and I still love to open it up from time to time. I haven't found the mandala on the Wayback Machine yet, but this link will take you to the Hippie Museum page from about that time: https://web.archive.org/web/20040815025242/http://www.thefarm.org/museum/join.html


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've read about The Farm Community in Summertown, Tennessee over the years, and had an opportunity to visit recently. In its Welcome Center there's a small room (maybe 8' x 8') with a little memorabilia collected since its beginning, but considering the large impact The Farm has had locally and even globally, I left thinking "this collection effort deserves so much more." In fact, it deserves a full-scale museum with high-quality displays in a dedicated building. It deserves a large collection of audio, video, and written memories of past residents. There are no "Museums of the Counterculture," but there should be. The impact for good that came from the counterculture movement of the '60s and '70s runs deep in today's American civic culture. And The Farm has always been at the vanguard of living out such values as democracy, compassion, environmental respect, kindness, and simple livelihood. I urge others to support the efforts of The Farm Historical Society to document and archive what The Farm has achieved since its inception while early memories are still vivid and important artifacts survive. The Farm will continue thriving for decades, but securing its history needs our help now.