Professor of the Month Talk will be about the ground-breaking work of Harriette Cushman.
One of the first women in her field, Harriette Eliza Cushman (1890-1978) worked as Extension Poultry Specialist at Montana State College from 1922 – 1955. Cushman’s life and career will be the topic of Amy McKinney’s presentation at the Cody library, 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. McKinney is an associate professor of history at Northwest College. She earned her masters at Montana State University in Bozeman and her doctorate at the University of Calgary.
Cushman promoted cooperative marketing, taught scientific practice and promoted poultry farming to Native Americans across Montana. She was an advocate for the environment and actively mentored 4-H clubs. She graduated with degrees in bacteriology and chemistry from Cornell University in 1914. She later earned special certificate in poultry husbandry from Rutgers University and became one of the few women pursuing a career as a poultry scientist. The Northwest Turkey Federation she fostered ultimately made Montana’s turkey industry the most profitable in the nation even during the Great Depression (1929-38.)
Professor of the Month talks are sponsored by the Park County Library System, Park County Library Foundation, Northwest College Foundation and Northwest College in Powell.