16 episodes

Everything old is new again!  Spencer Films and the Staley Museum explore the history of A. E. Staley and the A. E. Staley Manufacturing Company in Decatur, IL through our podcast "The Seed".  We provide background and insight to the documentary "Fields of Gold", produced in partnership with the Decatur Herald & Review.  The film, with Emmy Award-winning narrator Peter Coyote, looks at the life of A. E. Staley as he traveled the country to build his agribusiness empire, and how one seed he planted as a young boy in North Carolina grew into the legacy that remains today.  Find out more about the documentary, the Staley Museum, the Decatur Staleys football team (which became the Chicago Bears), and the history that surrounds it all through this look back in time.

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Everything old is new again!  Spencer Films and the Staley Museum explore the history of A. E. Staley and the A. E. Staley Manufacturing Company in Decatur, IL through our podcast "The Seed".  We provide background and insight to the documentary "Fields of Gold", produced in partnership with the Decatur Herald & Review.  The film, with Emmy Award-winning narrator Peter Coyote, looks at the life of A. E. Staley as he traveled the country to build his agribusiness empire, and how one seed he planted as a young boy in North Carolina grew into the legacy that remains today.  Find out more about the documentary, the Staley Museum, the Decatur Staleys football team (which became the Chicago Bears), and the history that surrounds it all through this look back in time.

    Episode 16: Soybean Century

    Episode 16: Soybean Century

    In this episode of THE SEED, host Julie Staley and co-host Laura Jahr provide an update on the Taste of History, an annual event held in Decatur IL supporting the Mueller Museum, Staley Museum, Millikin Homestead, Oglesby Mansion, and Culver House. They also discuss 100 years of soybean history with Staley Manufacturing.

    THE SEED is produced by Spencer Films in partnership with The Staley Museum and Herald & Review. The podcast is sponsored by Staley Credit Union and the Brechnitz Group of Raymond James.

    • 13 min
    Episode 15: Taste of History

    Episode 15: Taste of History

    In this episode of THE SEED, host Julie Staley and co-host Laura Jahr discuss Taste of History, an annual event held in Decatur IL supporting the Mueller Museum, Staley Museum, Millikin Homestead, Oglesby Mansion, and Culver House.

    THE SEED is produced by Spencer Films in partnership with The Staley Museum and Herald & Review. The podcast is sponsored by Staley Credit Union and the Brechnitz Group of Raymond James.

    • 21 min
    Episode 14: Sprouting THE SEED

    Episode 14: Sprouting THE SEED

    Continuing the 6 month celebration of our podcast, producer Laura Richter presents Episode 14: Sprouting THE SEED, in which she shares information on the upcoming documentary, Fields of Gold, and highlights stories told by some of our past guests.

    THE SEED is produced by Spencer Films in partnership with The Staley Museum and Herald & Review. The podcast is sponsored by Staley Credit Union and the Brechnitz Group of Raymond James.

    • 21 min
    Episode 13: Planting THE SEED

    Episode 13: Planting THE SEED

    As we celebrate 6 months of our podcast, producer Laura Richter comes from behind the camera to present Episode 13: Planting THE SEED. 

    THE SEED is produced by Spencer Films in partnership with The Staley Museum and Herald & Review. The podcast is sponsored by Staley Credit Union and the Brechnitz Group of Raymond James.

    • 13 min
    Episode 12: Ahead of Our Time

    Episode 12: Ahead of Our Time

    Welcome to THE SEED Episode12: Ahead of Our Time, produced by Spencer Films in partnership with The Staley Museum and Herald & Review. The podcast is sponsored by Vieweg Real Estate, Staley Credit Union, and Brechnitz Group of Raymond James.

    In this episode, host Julie Staley and co-host Laura Jahr discuss updates on the documentary, FIELDS OF GOLD, upcoming events at the Staley Museum, and more. 

    • 29 min
    Episode 11: Role Reversal

    Episode 11: Role Reversal

    Welcome to THE SEED Episode11: Role Reversal, produced by Spencer Films in partnership with The Staley Museum and Herald & Review. The podcast is sponsored by Vieweg Real Estate, Staley Credit Union, and Brechnitz Group of Raymond James.

    In this episode, tables are turned as host Julie Staley is interviewed by Bill Deetz, great-grandson of former Staley Company superintendent G. E. Chamberlain.

    • 39 min

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