One of my late father’s favorite stories was how Martha Berry (of Berry College in Rome, Georgia) took a trip to see her friend, Henry Ford (Ford Motor Company Founder) to seek a donation. Supposedly Ford pulled a bag of peanuts out of his desk drawer and said, “here, do something with these” as he handed them over to Miss Berry. It is said that Ms. Berry took those peanuts back to Georgia and “made a crop” and then sent them to Henry Ford who promptly had a number of new Ford Tractors delivered to further the work of the farm that served to both educate and feed her students.
However, another version of the story is that upon receiving a request from her for support, the cynical Mr. Ford sent her, “one thin dime” and with it Miss Martha bought peanuts and sold the crop for $1500. Miss Berry then sent the proceeds from the sale (the $1500 check) to Mr. Ford and upon receipt he then donated 3 million dollar’s to her school and began a lifelong friendship and support for Berry College.
Both stories are good and both of them I’m sure contain at least a portion of the truth,
but the point of the story that is not to be missed is that we all must do with the little we have before expecting others to take an interest and give to the work.
While Share the History, Inc. is a brand new 501(3) c the work of it was started many years ago and can be accessed at peterbonner.com and links throughout the internet. So, in other words, the “peanuts” have ago been planted, and the harvest of stories and tellers can be seen in classrooms and businesses and homes across the land.
But in order for Share the History, Inc. to go to more schools, speak at more events and help others to learn to share and thus take up the mantle, we will need financial help. But unlike those who seek only cash donations we can take historical items, vintage vehicles and even buildings and property to pay the bills, for like Miss Berry and her friend Henry Ford, we are not afraid of a little hard work.
If you would like to consider donating to the work or offer assistance, please CLICK HERE to contact Share the History.