Delta Gateway Museum in downtown Blytheville will feature vintage cookware and kitchen gadgets at the next "Heirloom Saturday at the Museum" event, set for 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. The public is encouraged to bring theme-related items for museum staff and visitors to see. Coffee and donuts will be served.
"We're interested in everything from corn huskers to matchbox holders to Dutch ovens," said Leslie Hester, museum director. "The museum only has a handful of kitchen objects in its collection, like an iron skillet and an egg beater, so we're hoping for the opportunity to see a range of vintage gadgets, tools and utensils."
Antique kitchen items are highly collectible and provide a window into a time that was very different from the electronic, fully-automatic kitchens of today. Late 19th and early 20th century cookware and cooking instruments were modern for their day and were sometimes very creative ways to solve food-related problems.
Besides the usual cookware and utensils, there were a variety of slicers, dicers, mashers, crushers, grinders, pressers, shakers, choppers, graters, skewers, squeezers, strainers, sifters, crackers, skimmers and mixers.
According to Hester, the museum is not collecting kitchen objects at this time. She said, "We're just history buffs who love to look at old stuff."
The museum will also have a regional school teacher's art exhibit on display. Nine school teachers from the area, including Blytheville, Steele, Manila and Trumann, are showing original artwork through the first week in November. The Air Force exhibit is also still on display.
Regular hours are 1-4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.
Delta Gateway Museum is housed in the historic Kress Building at 210 W. Main St. in downtown Blytheville. For more information contact Leslie Hester at firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-824-2346.