Historical food preservation to be featured at Pasto Ag Museum on Sept. 7

September 04, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The first in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will focus on canning and food preservation through history.

The event is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7.

With the theme, "What's Old is New Again! -- A Look at Home Food Preservation Through the Years," Sharon McDonald, Penn State Extension nutrition, health and food-safety educator, will discuss canning methods and materials -- many the same today as a century ago.

"Visitors can make 'friendship soup,' in which folks put the dry ingredients in a pint canning jar and then add wet ingredients at home," said Rita Graef, Pasto Museum curator.

McDonald's presentation is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., with ongoing demonstrations and discussion to answer visitors' questions about canning and food preservation.

Operated by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, the museum is welcoming visitors from 1 to 4 p.m. every Sunday during Penn State home football weekends as part of an initiative to increase public awareness of the museum's collection.

Other open houses will feature the following themes:

--Sept. 21: Meat Preservation.

--Sept. 28: Early Extension Movies Matinee.

--Oct. 26: Fabulous Fibers (spin, weave, sew, quilt).

--Nov. 2: Forest and Trees (wood and timber).

--Nov. 16 WILD! (with a special exhibit from the Ecosystem Science and Management Department's bird and mammal collection).

--Nov. 30: Annual Celebration and Ice Cream Social.

Graef said the open houses will help the public appreciate the time when energy for work was supplied by the power of humans and animals.

"By seeing and touching tools and equipment used in early agriculture and rural life, people will better understand how early technological developments led to modern-day technologies," she said.

More information on the museum and its open houses is available at http://agsci.psu.edu/pasto. To receive information and event reminders via email, send a message to PastoAgMuseum@psu.edu. Contact Graef at 814-863-1383 or by email at rsg7@psu.edu.

Located on the Ag Progress Days site at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs -- 9 miles southwest of State College on Route 45 -- the museum features hundreds of rare farm and home implements from the "muscle-power era," before the advent of electricity and gasoline-powered engines.

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Last Updated September 04, 2014