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This year’s Splash of History Lecture Series also honor’s the WWI centennial, covering a variety of WWI-related topics.  For more information, check out our calendar of events here.

At the turn of the 20th century, most of the food Americans ate came from within 50 miles of where they lived. This would rapidly change.

As Americans began moving from rural areas into the cities, many local food sources disappeared. Improvements in shipping technology gave people the ability to ship food stuffs over larger distances. For the sake of convenience, Americans began to rely on processed foods as a way to save time for meal preparation.

These turn of the century innovations directly affected modern food production and movements. Come view one such invention on exhibit from Hunterdon County- the Egomatic.  The machine was made by Otto Niederer. His family company became one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automatic equipment for the egg handling industry.

You can experience a working Egomatic machine on loan from the Niederer family and try sorting and packing eggs.

A WWI Centennial Exhibition

A special exhibit opened at the Red Mill Museum Village to honor the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. We have joined others in the state to commemorate the war by emphasizing effects on people’s lives at home in New Jersey through our exhibit and related programs.

Items from the Museum’s collection are featured, including a group of Liberty Loan posters on view for the first time. Visitors can view the U.S.A. Bonds poster that depicts a Boy Scout handing lady liberty a sword, along with other posters. They were donated by the late Helen Tomson of Clinton, whose father was Chester Tomson, owner of the Red Mill at the time of the war.

In order to raise finances, a War Loan organization was established under the US Treasury Department. Within 12 Federal Reserve Districts, The Central Liberty Loan Committee entrusted the work of selling liberty bonds in various localities to experienced and influential men in their respective communities in order to meet subscribed quotas. Chester Tomson, the Mill owner, was in charge of the community of Clinton.