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Baker's Standard Flavoring Extracts bottle, 14MM327

Baker's Standard Flavoring Extracts bottle, 14MM327
Date: 1880-1962
A bottle recovered from the original site of the Adair Cabin in Osawatomie, Kansas. It's bold lettering announces that it once held Baker's Standard Flavoring Extract made by the Baker Extract Company of Springfield, Massachusetts.


Baker's Standard Flavoring Extracts bottle, 14MM327

Baker's Standard Flavoring Extracts bottle, 14MM327
Date: 1880-1962
A bottle recovered from the original site of the Adair Cabin in Osawatomie, Kansas. It's bold lettering announces that it once held Baker's Standard Flavoring Extract made by the Baker Extract Company of Springfield, Massachusetts.


Baking rolls and pies

Baking rolls and pies
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
Women baking dinner rolls and pies using a gas stove. This activity was part of the Works Progress Administration's domestic science and foods program.


Belle Jones Dresher

Belle Jones Dresher
Creator: Dresher, G. C.
Date: August, 1907
An informal portrait of Belle Jones Dresher, kneeling before the open oven of her new stove. Also visible are two pie pans, a match holder on the door frame behind the stove, the stove's flue and gas line, a teakettle, a throw rug, patterned wallpaper and linoleum, and a pair of slippers that have been placed along the baseboard to the right of the stove.


Cordelia Froetschner, Kinsley, Kansas

Cordelia Froetschner, Kinsley, Kansas
Creator: Froetschner, Cordelia Anna Marie (Gall)
Date: September 28, 2009
These letters and photographs of Cordelia Froetschner were shared as part of an oral history project entitled "Patchwork of Dependency: The Effects of WWII on Edwards County, Kansas" conducted by the Kinsley Public Library. The project was supported by a Kansas Humanities Council Heritage Grant. Included is a letter from relatives in Germany, family photographs, and a newspaper article from the Edwards County Sentinel detailing Cordelia's yearly making of Pfefferneusse and Schnitzbrot.


Dr. Price's Special Flavoring Extracts Bottle

Dr. Price's Special Flavoring Extracts Bottle
Date: 1874-1883
This complete extract bottle was recovered from the excavation at the Iowa Sac and Fox Mission in Doniphan County. Dr. Vincent Clarence Price (1832-1914, grandfather of the actor Vincent Price) manufactured and distributed baking powder, flavorings, and other foods. Price joined in partnership with Charles R. Steele from 1874 to 1883 to make the "most perfect made in Vanilla, Lemon, Orange, Etc" flavorings "prepared from true fruits." The Presbyterian Mission was built in 1845 and closed in 1863. After that part of the building was razed, the rest was used as a residence until 1905. The State of Kansas acquired to property in 1941.


Dr. Price's Special Flavoring Extracts Bottle

Dr. Price's Special Flavoring Extracts Bottle
Date: 1874-1883
This complete extract bottle was recovered from the excavation at the Iowa Sac and Fox Mission in Doniphan County. The Presbyterian Mission was built in 1845 and closed in 1863. After that part of the building was razed, the rest was used as a residence until 1905. The State of Kansas acquired to property in 1941. Dr. Vincent Clarence Price (1832-1914, grandfathered of the actor Vincent Price) manufactured and distributed baking powder, flavorings, and other foods. Price joined in partnership with Charles R. Steele from 1874 to 1883 to make the "most perfect made in Vanilla, Lemon, Orange, Etc" flavorings "prepared from true fruits."


Kansas Girls Industrial School. Graduating into society

Kansas Girls Industrial School. Graduating into society
Date: 1938
This silent film documents the State Industrial School for Girls in Beloit, Kansas, and depicts every aspect of the school's educational, vocational, and boarding programs. The Women's Christian Temperance Union established the school in 1889 and it was later acquired by the state. The purpose of the school was to reform economically or socially disadvantaged girls between twelve and sixteen years old. The school taught sewing, weaving, cooking, gardening and horticulture, wood carving, clay modeling, and the general duties of the household. The film showcases the following programs and activities: healthcare and hospital, housework, laundry, sewing, bakery, cooking, religious instruction, student government, dancing, table tennis, roller skating, Independence Day parade, flag drill, folk dance, track and field, and patriotic instruction. At the time the film was made the school included seven housing units (or cottages), a schoolhouse and farm buildings on 200 acres. Directed by Grace A. Miles. Photographed by Joseph A. Thompson.


Kansas Wheat Commission recipes

Kansas Wheat Commission recipes
Creator: Kansas Wheat Commission
Date: 1967
This booklet provides the winning bread recipes from a baking contest held at the Mid-America Fair and the Kansas State Fair.


Luce Bakery, Rossville, Kansas

Luce Bakery, Rossville, Kansas
Date: 1880-1920
A photograph of the Luce Bakery in Rossville, Kansas. This photograph is provided through a pilot project to host unique cultural heritage materials from local libraries on Kansas Memory and was accomplished by mutual agreement between the Northeast Kansas Library System, the Rossville Community Library, and the Kansas Historical Society.


Marijana Grisnik

Marijana Grisnik
Creator: Grisnik, Edward
Date: 1989
Marijana Grisnik, 1936-, posed in her dining room with samples of Povitica, a traditional Croatian bread.


North Star 4-H baking demonstration team, Gray County, Kansas

North Star 4-H baking demonstration team, Gray County, Kansas
Date: Between 1935 and 1939
This is a photograph of two young girls who were part of the North Star 4-H baking demonstration team, Gray County, Kansas.


Pie bird

Pie bird
Creator: Shawnee Pottery Company
Date: between 1939 and 1950
The Shawnee Pottery Company in Zanesville, Ohio produced this pie bird likely as a premium for the Pillsbury Flour Company. Pie birds were placed in the center of a pie prior to baking. The bird allowed steam to escape, preventing the pie from boiling over. Ellett M. Miller of Topeka, Kansas owned this pie bird.


Pie bird

Pie bird
Creator: Shawnee Pottery Company
Date: between 1939 and 1950
The Shawnee Pottery Company in Zanesville, Ohio produced this pie bird likely as a premium for the Pillsbury Flour Company. Pie birds were placed in the center of a pie prior to baking. The bird allowed steam to escape, preventing the pie from boiling over. Effie Montgomery Kelley of Ottawa, Kansas owned this pie bird.


Topeka Provident Association Topeka, Kansas

Topeka Provident Association Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1904 and 1920
This sepia colored photograph shows African American girls in a cooking class at the Topeka Provident Association building Topeka, Kansas. The charitable organization was established in 1904 at 335 Jackson Street in response to the needs of victims who were recovering from the devastating flood of 1903. Some of the services provided by the association included: cooking and sewing classes for girls, a boy's club, a library, a day care center and a men's dorm. For several decades the Topeka Provident Association provided assistance to people in and around the Shawnee County area until 1951 when the organization changed it's name to the Family Service of Topeka.


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