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Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum Virtual Exhibit

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum Virtual Exhibit


Virtual Exhibit:
William Chester Ruth 1882-1971 -  Pennsylvania Blacksmith, Machinist, and Inventor of Agricultural Equipment

This specific exhibit is an amazing American story of overcoming immense obstacles through ingenuity and intelligence to become an ingenious inventor. Having grown up in a rural Pennsylvania family that came out of slavery, William Chester Ruth learned blacksmithing and mechanics to become an inventor of agricultural equipment and devices that made the business of farming easier and more profitable.  During WWII, he also invented multiple top secret devices for the military.  In all, he held over 50 patents.

You will be inspired by this unique story.   

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