BACKSTORY

Apiculture students working with parts of a Langstroth beehive, circa 1905, in an entomology laboratory housed at MU's Whitten Hall. In his history of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Frederick Mumford, the college's fifth dean, wrote that the two-story, native-stone building was then known as the Horticulture Building. At the time of this photograph, it was linked to two greenhouses, one of which was used as an "insectary" for breeding and observing bees and other insects of interest. The greenhouses were demolished in 1923 to make way for a new Agriculture Building, a structure later renamed to honor Mumford.

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