Release: Nov. 3, 2016
GAMBIER, Ohio — Knox County community members will get a lesson in labor-saving devices from the late-19th century during a discussion at Kenyon College with local resident John Lambert on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 11:10 a.m. in Peirce Hall’s Peirce Lounge, 201 College-Park Street.
Lambert is a longtime collector of historical devices used to cut down on manual work. For the event, titled “The Technological Impact on Rural America in 1850,” he will bring his collection of hundreds of apple peelers and slicers, egg beaters, coffee grinders, can openers, lemon squeezers and more kitchen tools. He also will showcase a mechanical, handheld washing machine.
Lambert also will lead a discussion on the impact the devices had on society at the time and how they related to the broad changes going on in the country in the years after the Civil War.
This free event is part of the Visits series, which is supported by the Office for Community Partnerships and the Office of Green Initiatives. The series facilitates discussions between Kenyon College and the Knox County community about the nature of life in Knox County.
“The Visits series creates an opportunity for Kenyon to connect with our surrounding landscape as well as the unique individuals within,” said Jennifer Odenweller, director of community partnerships. “Through conversation, participants come to better understand important elements of our community’s rural social fabric.”
For more information, contact the Office for Community Partnerships at 740-427-5419.