Like any museum, the USA Hemp Museum is divided up into galleries and rooms. This page gives you links to the other rooms in the galleries that hold information about our collection of artifacts. Please click on a link below for more information.
History. This room is one of the most exciting in the museum because it shows history from a completely different viewpoint, that of an association between people and a plant. At some of the most important junctures of human civilization, in agriculture, transportation, exploration, communication, war, industry, invention, medicine, and art, hemp was there playing an important role as a basic resource. For some of the history we will take you to different rooms of the Hemp Museum, but first a short overview of history with humans and hemp. Let us begin way back in history.
Agriculture. This room considers some of the historical information on hemp agriculture and horticulture. Hemp was present at the dawn of human agriculture, thought to be some 10-15,000 years ago in the Middle East and China. Hemp was reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Yearbook, 1914, to have been the first agricultural crop planted by humans for textile fibers. Besides the cloth itself, a sample of which was dated at 9,000 years, is the record of pollen left behind at early human dwelling sites.
Of course in the middle east hemp grew wild, so it is likely it was used long before the age of agriculture for rope, twine, and fishnets. Evidence of just such a human hemp culture comes from a History Channel report on the Scythians called the “Frozen Tombs of Siberia.”
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