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Grating, Grinding and Shaving: Antique Kitchen Gadgets

Officer's Quarters, Fort Hays

Guided tour—Fort Hays State Historic Site, Hays


What would you do without your frozen food, microwave, and electric stove? Probably exactly what the Victorian housewife did-prepare your meals from scratch! But even in the 1800s, women had a collection of gadgets and tools designed to save time and effort. Get an up-close look at how these wondrous inventions worked in this primarily hands-on program.

Cost per student is $6.  One adult enters free for every 10 students.  Additional adults pay $5.

Length of tour: approximately 1 hour.

Number of students in a group: For the best experience, we recommend no more than 30.

Registration and scheduling: Contact Site administrator, 785-625-6812; email Fort Hays at kshs.forthays@ks.gov. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

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