Historic Food Preservation & More at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

On Sunday, January 10th at 3pm the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts invites visitors to join historic food expert and open hearth/fire-cook interpreter, Mercy Ingraham as she explores the various methods Early American’s used to preserve food.

Discover how Colonials survived before electricity, canning or even the knowledge of germ theory. Mercy Ingraham, will demonstrate the various ways Colonials preserved food so it would last throughout the year. She will also explain how to use a number of kitchen utensils that can be found in the Museum’s main exhibit, Food for Thought.

Inspired by her experiences using a camp fire as a young Girl Scout and her 1750’s era house with a walk-in fireplace, Mercy has spent the past 10 years demonstrating and teaching open hearth cooking as it was practiced in the 18th century. She has also acquired an interest in the 19th century, and the current uses of fire to cook contemporary food.

Visitors are also encouraged to participate in the Museum’s first ever Colonial Cooking Contest. Contestants are asked to research a period recipe, cook it at home as close as possible to the original recipe and enter it in the contest on Sunday, January 10th at 2pm. Dishes will be judged and awards will be granted. Space is limited. Pre-registration required by Friday, January 8th. $5 registration fee (includes Museum admission & Preservation program).

Space is limited. Pre-registration for Preservation program recommended. To register or from more information call 973-377-2982 x14. Regular Admission.

Regular Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children, and free for Members. Family maximum admission $13.00. The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. and Sunday Noon to 5 P.M. Closed Monday & Major Holidays. (SUMMER HOURS- July & August, Tuesday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Closed Sunday & Monday)

Housed in a 1900 Richardsonian-Romanesque Revival building listed on the National Register of Historic places, the Museum explores 18th- and 19th-century American history, with a focus on New Jersey. Drawing on its collection of over 8,000 hand tools and their products, METC uses material culture to interpret the lives and technologies of people who lived and worked before the rise of large-scale industrialization in this country. The Museum offers visitors of all ages a broad range of changing exhibits, and related programs that address many facets of early American history, craftsmanship, and the diversity of trades performed by men and women.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts received a General Operating Support Grant from the Borough of Madison, Charles Read Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in the heart of downtown Madison, just two blocks from the Madison train station. For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit our website at www.metc.org

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