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19th-century bread and butter making at Historic Forestville in June


Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Learn how to make bread and butter the old fashioned way, in two popular programs offered at Historic Forestville this June. Families can see 19th-century chores in progress and learn from costumed history players about farm life.

•Event: Bread Making Day

•Dates: June 7 and 21

•Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

•Fee: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members. State park vehicle permit required.

Bread is the most widely consumed food in the world. Step back into 1899 and observe costumed guides as they complete the weekly task of bread making. Nineteenth-century techniques of bread making will be showcased with opportunities for hands on participation. Bread-making process from start to finish is an all-day event, with the mixing beginning at 10 a.m. and the finished product coming out of the oven around 3 p.m.

•Event: Butter Making Day

•Dates: June 14 and 28

•Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

•Fee: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members. State park vehicle permit required.

Butter has been used for more than 4,000 years. For many years, butter was only produced in the home. During the 19th century, many farm wives supplemented farm income by selling butter. They churned every day or so, or whenever enough cream had accumulated. Step back into 1899 and observe costumed guides as they complete the weekly task of butter churning. Nineteenth-century traditional techniques of churning will be showcased with opportunities for hands on participation.

About Historic Forestville

At Historic Forestville, visitors can see 19th-century merchandise in the Meighen family store, discover what’s cooking in the kitchen and help the hired hand with chores in the garden and farm buildings. The historic village is located inside Forestville State Park, between Preston and Spring Valley, approximately 40 miles from Rochester or Austin. A State Park vehicle permit is required. For more information call 507-765-2785.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at events.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.

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