Sunday, May 07, 2006

Plenty of Potato Salad and Protons

Descendants of 56 farm families were invited to a potluck picnic held Saturday at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. The lab was built on their ancestors' farmland in 1967.

Fermilab Site Historical Committee Chairman Adrienne Kolb said the picnic "is a special reunion that the farm families enjoy coming back to every year, and we are happy to welcome them back."

"In the past, we had a big public open house," Kolb added. "We wanted to have a smaller and more intimate open house just for the farm families who gave up their land and sold their land to the state so the laboratory could exist." [Link]
Heck, they even have folk and barn dancing at Fermilab, and a Pioneer Cemetery. Just be careful not to wander into the Tevatron looking for the site of your grandfather's still.

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