Chennai, October 23, 2010: Beekeepers in the USA are celebrating the 200-year birth anniversary of Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth (1810 - 1895) this year. Langstroth was born on December 25, 1810 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He developed the movable frame hive and the bee space in 1951.
With bee colonies in that country suffering from colony collapse disorder, people are increasingly aware of the need of pollinators in agriculture and are showing renewed interest in bees, beekeeping and pollinators. Langstroth's 200th birth anniversary provided an occasion for beekeepers and their associations to hold meetings, shows, festivals on beekeeping, honey and related aspects, as part of year-long celebrations.
The celebrations are taking place in several locations in the country. In Philadelphia the events take place, among others, in South Front Street, where Langstroth was born, to dedicate a historic marker in his honor, Bartram's Garden, Unitarian Society of Germantown, Wagner Free Institute of Science, and the Wyck Association.
The inaugural event, hosted by the Philadelphia Beekeepers' Guild, Montgomery County Beekeepers' Association and the Chester County Beekeepers' Association, was held at the Unitarian Society of Germantown in Mt. Airy.
The main event, the Honey Fest was held during September 10 - 12, 2010 in Philadelphia, Langstroth's birthplace and included exhibitions, talks, live beekeeping demonstrations and vendors at different locations and landmarks in the city.
The dedication ceremony for the historic marker honoring hive inventor, and 'Father of American Beekeeping', L.L. Langstroth was held at 3.30 p.m. at 106 South Front Street, Philadelphia - the birthplace of the inventor.
Russel Redding, Secretary of Agriculture, Pennsylvania speaking at the dedication, commented on the importance of beekeeping to Pennsylvania's agriculture, noting that the state was 2,500 beekeepers strong. Teresa Bryson, Pennsylvania State Honey Queen, Joel Eckel, President, Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, and Kim Flottum, editor, Bee Culture magazine and Master of Ceremonies, spoke at the dedication.
Matt Redman, who has been researching the work of Langstroth for years, gave detailed accounts of Langstroth's life and writings to the 60-plus people in attendance before unveiling the new historic marker.
Langstroth died on October 6, 1895 at the Wayne Avenue Presbyterian Church in Dayton, Ohio. He is buried at Woodland Cemetery, Dayton.