Museum to Host Fall Family Day

Celebrate the fall season with Old Independence Regional Museum at Fall Family Day on Saturday, October 17 from 10am to 2pm. The event is free and open to the public. This year’s program features old fashioned recipes. Visitors will be able to make and sample homemade ice cream, cracklins, cheese, potato candy, hoe cakes, and butter.

“We are excited to offer people a glimpse into the past through old-fashioned recipes,” state Director/Humanities Educator Amelia Bowman. In addition to making and sampling a variety of foods, a bake sale will also feature old fashioned dishes such as chicken and dumplings, homemade soup, vinegar pie, and much more.

Visitors will help make a variety of foods using traditional methods. Ice cream will be made in a hand crank ice cream maker, butter will be hand churned, and cracklins and hoe cakes will be made over an open fire. “The opportunity to see the advancement in cooking techniques and technology over the last one hundred years will be a great experience for visitors,” Bowman added. Between dish samplings, visitors can participate in making apple prints, paper pizzas, jello worms, and decorating Indian corn.

The Museum gift shop has stocked up for the day with many new items for kids and families. Claudia Nobles, gift shop manager, notes that the gift shop has several great Christmas gift ideas such as plush animals, finger puppets, educational toys, and historical books

This humanities program is made possible by local support from Independence County and the City of Batesville, as well as by Challenge Grant Endowment funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Old Independence serves a 12-county area: Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Marion, Poinsett, Sharp, Stone, White, and Woodruff. Parts of these present-day counties comprised the original Independence County in 1820s Arkansas territory.

The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for seniors and $1.00 for children. The museum is located at 380 South 9th street, between Boswell and Vine Streets in Batesville. During your visit, stop by our gift shop. We stock many items from local artists, authors, and crafters, as well as historical toys and games.