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Canning Jar Liners from the Adair Cabin Site, 14MM327

Canning Jar Liners from the Adair Cabin Site, 14MM327
Date: 1855-1912
These three canning jar lid liners were just a few of those recovered during excavations in 2014 of the Adair cabin site, home of Reverend Samuel and Florella Brown Adair and their family, in Osawatomie, Kansas. Osawatomie and the Adairs were much involved with the abolitionist movement during the "Bleeding Kansas" years. All three liners are made of milk glass. One liner is labeled "WHITE CROWN CAP PAT - 11 - 22 10." Another liner, two fragments refitted, is decorated with concentric rings. The final example has the advertising "GENUINE BOYD'S CAP FOR MASON JARS."


Consolidated Fruit Jar Company Canning Lid Liner from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Consolidated Fruit Jar Company Canning Lid Liner from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1878-1882
This canning lid liner advertises the Consolidated Fruit Jar Company, of New York, was recovered from Constitution Hall, in Lecompton. The company's initials, C F J C, are intertwined in the center with a diamond shape. The diamond dates the liner's manufacture to 1878-1882. However, the Consolidated Fruit Jar Company did not manufacture the line, instead they required the glass makers they supported to use the trademark. The reverse side has a "D" mark. Constitution Hall was named a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. In the summer and fall of 1988 Kansas Historic Society archeologists excavated at the site, trying to trace the building's construction history prior to renovation.


Home economics

Home economics
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: June 22, 1934
This bulletin, signed by John G. Stutz, executive director of the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee, describes their policy of encouraging home canning as part of a larger home economics project. In order to help families make the most out of their food supplies, the committee hired a Home Economics Specialist named Conie Foote to teach housewives about canning. Assistance would be provided for families on relief.


J. Augusta Goodrich Griffing to James Griffing

J. Augusta Goodrich Griffing to James Griffing
Creator: Griffing, Jemima August (Goodrich)
Date: August 7, 1859
J. Augusta (Goodrich) Griffing wrote from Owego, New York, to her husband James in Topeka, Kansas Territory. Ms. Griffing was visiting her family in New York for the first time since she'd moved to Kansas Territory in 1855. She described visiting friends and extended family in the Owego area, attending church, and purchasing items that she planned to take back to Kansas Territory. She wrote Mr. Griffing instructions on how to make pickles from cucumbers that he harvested from their kitchen garden in Kansas Territory.


Jars from the Adair Cabin Site, 14MM327

Jars from the Adair Cabin Site, 14MM327
Date: 1858-1912
These five jars were recovered during excavations in 2014 of the Adair cabin site, home of Reverend Samuel and Florella Brown Adair and their family, in Osawatomie, Kansas. The assortment of jars represent medicinal, toiletry, condiment and canning jars. Osawatomie and the Adairs were much involved with the abolitionist movement during the "Bleeding Kansas" years.


Kerr Canning Jar from the Thomas Johnson/Henry Williams Dugout Site, 14GH102

Kerr Canning Jar from the Thomas Johnson/Henry Williams Dugout Site, 14GH102
Date: 1915
This canning jar was recovered during the 2007 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school excavations at 14GH102, the Thomas Johnson/Henry Williams dugout site, in Graham County. The jar's front is embossed with the advertisement: "Kerr Self Sealing Wide Mouth Mason." Additionally, the bottom of the jar is embossed with "Sand Springs Okla Aug 31, 1915." Sand Springs, Oklahoma, manufactured jars for Kerr from 1912 to 1946. The dugout site is a domestic site related to the settlement of Nicodemus, an all black community in western Kansas.


Marie Schoeppel canning during World War II

Marie Schoeppel canning during World War II
Creator: Wolfe Commercial Photo Service
Date: 1944
This is a photograph of Marie Schoeppel, wife of Governor Andrew Schoeppel, placing jars of canned vegetables and fruits on shelves in the Kansas Governor's mansion in Topeka, Kansas. During World War II, families were encouraged to start victory gardens, caning the produce when food was being rationed.


Mrs. Andrew Schoeppel canning in the Kansas Governor's mansion in Topeka, Kansas

Mrs. Andrew Schoeppel canning in the Kansas Governor's mansion in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Wolfe Commercial Photo Service
Date: 1944
This is a photograph of Marie Schoeppel, wife of Governor Andrew Schoeppel, canning vegetables and fruit in the Kansas Governor's mansion in Topeka, Kansas. During World War II, families were encouraged to start victory gardens, caning the produce when food was being rationed.


Peach canning time on the farm

Peach canning time on the farm
Creator: Martin, William H., 1865-1940
Date: 1910
This photomontage or exaggerated postcard shows a group of men canning and preserving oversize peaches.


Tomato canning, Wabaunsee County, Kansas

Tomato canning, Wabaunsee County, Kansas
Date: 1913
This black and white photograph shows a group of people canning tomatoes outdoors in Wabaunsee County, Kansas.


Women canning, Wichita, Kansas

Women canning, Wichita, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
Women preparing jars for canning, Wichita, Kansas, part of the Works Progress Administration's domestic science and foods project.


Women canning vegetables

Women canning vegetables
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
Women canning vegetables, part of the Works Progress Administration's domestic science and foods project.


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