This exhibit features an farmhouse kitchen ca. 1910 before the electrification of farm homes. Rural farm kitchens would not have had electricity or indoor plumbing. While Thomas Edison brought electricity to parts of Manhattan in 1882, electricity was not widely used and progress was slow. Most people still used gas lighting and/or candles for light in their homes. Only half the homes in the United States had electricity by 1925.
Discover how no electricity and running water changed the way you live. How would you keep food fresh, done the dishes, cooked or baked, or even washed your clothes? There are turn of the century versions of modern appliances in this kitchen. Many of these devices in this 1910 kitchen were meant to make a women’s work more efficient. By organizing the kitchen a certain way and using tools and gadgets, women had more time out of the kitchen to focus on other household chores