We have a new display at the library courtesy of Janet Burdick and the Kingston Historical Society. Would you like to reminisce about the days when the kitchen was the heart of the home? When you walked in the door, and knew there were fresh cookies to be tasted? If so, stop by and look at our “Cookies Are Not Just For Christmas” display. Did you know the first use of a cookie cutter dates back to 2000 B.C. by the Egyptians? They were made of wood or ceramics. Eventually all cookie cutters were made using just metals. Showcased are cookie cutters dating back to the 1940’s all the way through the 1970’s. And a few older Christmas tree cookie cutters from the 1900’s. See how they changed from aluminum, to silver, to stainless steel. Do you own a gingerbread man cookie cutter? They were first used in the court of Queen Elizabeth 1 in England. Perhaps the phrase “off with their heads” came from there? There’s also a very pretty gingham apron from the 1940’s. Aprons were called by many names, Snowflake, Amish, Counted Cross Stitch, and my favorite, Chicken Scratch, which I had never heard of until Janet was setting up the display. There are measuring cups, spoons, a rolling pin, and much more. Some of these are from the Historical Society’s old time kitchen set up display which they hope to be able to invite the public to view in the Spring.
When you stop by to see the display take home a recipe for gingerbread cookies, or the directions to make gingerbread ornaments or a paper chain doll. Thanks Janet & Bob, and the Kingston Historical Society for the new display! And even though the display name is “Cookies Are Not Just For Christmas” don’t forget to mark your calendar for the 21st annual cookie walk which will be held at the library on Saturday, Dec. 12th. Watch for future updates!