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Notes from the Museums: New Invention?

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Some things just strike me as funny. For instance, an ad recently popped up on my Facebook page touting ‘The Best New Invention.’ The ad said that the new item could cook a meal without electricity or propane! It showed pictures of a crockpot-looking appliance. The heat source was a round stone with a bail in the center and had a metal lifter to pick up the stone that had been heated on a gas stove or over a wood fire. The hot stone was lowered into the ‘crockpot’ and a kettle-type container was placed on top. Then, the meat, potato and vegetable meal were added to the kettle and an insulated lid was lowered to cover the whole thing. The young couple, who apparently loved innovations, went for a long hike in the woods and came back later to a fully cooked dinner.

The thing that made me laugh is that the modern appliance is almost exactly the same idea as the ‘flameless cooker’ found in the kitchen at the May-Stringer Museum! Of course, that cooker has been around for decades. So, a trip to a museum may highlight items from the past, but it may also shed light on inventions of the future!

The Museums Schedules!
The May-Stringer tours on Wednesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – 352-799-0129
The 1885 Depot tours on Friday & Saturday from noon – 3 p.m. – 352-799-4766
The Countryman One Room Schoolhouse tours on Thursday – Saturday from noon – 3 p.m. – 352-515-3054

[Photo courtesy of Mary Sheldon]

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