There is a new bit of history at the museum – potato mashers!
Before wire whisks or food processors, a favorite mealtime staple, mashed potatoes, were painstakingly prepared by hand.
A wooden implement of numerous designs, some were quite primitive. Some were made on a wood-turning lathe, and graced many old-time kitchen shelves.
Once the potatoes were peeled and cooked, they were placed in a cooking pot or large bowl and hand-mashed with these crude instruments.
Other wooden utensils on display are butter molds, butter paddles, spoons (some with holes), meat-turning fork, vegetable slicer, salad tongs, Springerle cookie rollers, a noodle roller, flour scoop, and a pie-docking roller.
This collection of potato mashers was assembled by the late Ella (Reiter) Flamm (1916 – 2005) and displayed in the kitchen of her home along Telegraph Road, in Arnold, for many years.
This collection is now on loan to the Arnold Historical Museum by Barbara Berry of Imperial. It will be on display until September 30th.
Story by Allen Flamm
Arnold Historical Society will host a Civil War program Monday, June 6, 2016 at 7 pm at 1723 Jeffco Blvd, Arnold.
Reenactors Larry McDaniel and Mike Rivera from Company K, Small Artillery Group will wear and explain all parts of their Union uniform and its accouterments (canteen, knife, comb etc.). Civil War weapons muskets, rifles, hand gun and even cannons will be explained and some on display.
Enjoy listening to stories of camp life and being a part of living history in the 1800’s.
If you are interested in learning more or joining a reenacting group of the Civil War era please come to the meeting and talk to Larry and Mike.
If you are interested in local Arnold history, please come to the AHS monthly meeting the 1st Monday of each month at 7 pm at the Arnold Historical Museum lower level.
Civil War information website: www.turnerbrigade.org or on their Facebook page.