Kitchens of Early Settlers - circa 1920s

Creator(s): Assiniboia and District Historical Museum

In eras past farm kitchens rarely boasted the contemporary conveniences of their urban counterparts. Imagine trying to set up a household in a rural area with no electricity and no running water. Your possessions would be few, and likely hand-me-down items such as a stove, a bed, a wooden table, a few chairs and perhaps a small but efficient cupboard.

The Kitchen: The Heart of the Home

The kitchen was the centre of the rural home. It was more than just a place for cooking and eating; its physical and emotional warmth was stirred by the bustle of the homemaker's activities. Here the homemaker did laundry, ironing, mending, sewing, knitting and rug making. Here the children played and did homework by lamp light. Here the neighbours visited and enjoyed card games.

A tour of this Community Memories exhibit warmly illustrates why the kitchen is considered the 'heart' of the home, no matter what the era.

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