Kids Free Day - The Oldest Science in the World: Cooking

Thursday, Aug 11, 2022 at 11:00am


The food we eat today is the result of many minds and many hands, working over centuries! How did cooks think up new recipes and techniques?

In the 1700-1800s, American women and girls did most of the food innovation because they spent more time cooking than men and boys. Necessity is the mother of invention and, during periods of food scarcity, inventiveness was critical. A problem like running out of fruit, milk, or sugar could take days, weeks, or even months to resolve. American women and girls had new ingredients, tools, and techniques to consider in the kitchen – and they began inventing. Many women and girls experimented with basic chemistry and physics to improve the texture, flavor, and nutritional content of food. Like scientists, cooks explored a range of variations in ingredients and methods by using their prior knowledge, experimentation, and observation. We will talk about some surprising innovations in early American cooking and see if we can use some ‘folk chemistry’ to solve a baking dilemma.

Join Jessica Cantlon, Carnegie Mellon Associate Professor of Psychology, in Brooks Grove Church on Thursday, August 11, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for this exciting talk!

And don't miss...
- Haudenosaunee Storytelling with Perry Ground (10:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.)
- Smoke and Fire - Flintlock musket firing demonstrations (12 p.m. & 2 p.m.)

Did you know? All kids 12 and under will receive free admission to the Museum on Thursdays in August! We’ll be offering a wide array of activities in the Historic Village for kids to enjoy, including visits with animals on the farm, demonstrations from the Potter and Tin Smith, and historic games on the Village Square. The John L. Wehle Gallery, Nature Center Trails, and Depot Restaurant will also be open during these days. On the way out, stop at the Flint Hill Store to shop for traditional gifts, historic toys, fudge and goodies, and items made directly from the Historic Village. It’s the perfect time to bring the whole family out to enjoy all that the Museum has to offer.

-Meet Dan and Buck the oxen, as well as other animals on the Pioneer Farmstead
-Meet the Tinsmith and see how tin items were made in the 19th Century
-Enjoy a tasty treat from the Historic Confectionery (open on Thursdays during Kids Free Days!)
-Explore the nature trails surrounding our Nature Center
-Try your hand at historic games in the Village Square
-Enjoy lunch in the Depot Restaurant or picnic on the Great Lawn
-Shop for treats, toys, and items made right here in the Historic Village in the Flint Hill Shop

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