At the time of this writing (June 2020), Madison County is beginning to lift restrictions put in place to contain the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19. The pandemic caused economies around the world to shut down many in-person services. Some people worked from home, others were furloughed or lost their jobs. People providing or obtaining essential services wore face coverings when they couldn’t maintain a safe “social distance” of six feet from others.
Madison Countians learned to “shelter-in-place”: unable to attend church, visit a park, get a haircut, or eat at a restaurant. Residents who counted themselves fortunate to escape infection or economic hardship nonetheless had to cope with feelings of isolation.
During the crisis, many people learned (or re-learned) how to cook out of necessity, gaining a new appreciation of what it takes to make a meal in the 21st century. But cooking was even harder in the past. This online exhibition showcases a small portion of the cooking-related items held by the Madison County Historical Society (MCHS), focusing on the period circa 1830-1950. The exhibit was written and designed by Mary Z. Rose, Assistant Curator at the Madison County Historical Museum and Archival Library. Please send your feedback and/or any questions about this exhibition to email@example.com.