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Historical Society Dedicates Farm Equipment Shed

April 27th, 2017

William L. Roberts

A major addition to the Potter County Historical Society’s museum on North Main Street in Coudersport was dedicated on Sunday. The new Farm Equipment Shed is the culmination of a multi-year effort to establish a permanent collection that traces the history of local agriculture dating back to Native American practices. Many of the vintage pieces, including farm equipment and implements, could not be practically exhibited in the museum, so directors embarked on a plan to establish a shed on museum grounds. Even the shed itself has been constructed as a historical exhibit.

Society officials dedicated the exhibit to the late William L. Roberts of Coudersport, a devoted and respected agriculturalist, archaeologist and artist/craftsman. He died last October at age 102. Bill was associated with Barnett Brothers Headwater Potatoes of Ulysses for more than 60 years. In 1988, at age 73, he received a master’s degree in anthropology from Penn State University. Part of his studies was an archaeological investigation into the agricultural practices of Native Americans in the high altitude, cold climate areas of Potter County. He was active with the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology and the Potter County Historical Society. Bill not only built his own house, he also enjoyed making copper weather vanes, iron railings and multiple woodshop items, many of which were donated to non-profit organizations.

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