We grew most everything we ate:
The History of food, farming, and foodways in Upshur County.

The History Center is open on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00
June 6 through September 26, 2021


The Summer 2020 Exhibit at the UCHS History Center Museum was entitled: We grew most everything we ate: The History of food, farming, and foodways in Upshur County. Because of the pandemic, the exhibit was only open for two months, August and September. Even with the limited viewing days, having to wear masks, and other general health concerns, we had around one hundred visitors and they all expressed great interest in the exhibit. Once again, many expressed their opinion that it was “one of our best.” Because of the limited duration of the 2020 exhibit, it was decided that we would keep the exhibit in place for the 2021 summer season with several additions, changes, and a few surprises including [hopefully] one new “permanent” unit in the museum. We also plan some extended interpretation on the exhibit theme to be evident outside the building (no tractors, animals, or anything quite that grand).

Be sure to visit the History Center Museum between early June and the end of September, 2021, Sunday afternoons,
1-4pm. This will give many who were not able to see the exhibit in 2020 a chance view it. Even if you visited last year,
stop in again to see what all we have added. We will send out a 2021 Exhibit reminder card so you will know what to
expect. WE MAY STILL BE WEARING MASKS. You won’t want to miss this one, so mark your calendars now.
Each summer we have many returning visitors and some who are visiting for the very first time. We still have too
many people who tell us that they want to make a visit but put it off until the exhibit closes. Make a note on your
calendar to visit the exhibit this summer. We will look forward to seeing you there. If you are receiving this 2021
Journal you will also receive an exhibit card announcement nearer the beginning of the museum opening.

Berry Picking

1. “Ma is down below the orchard picking berries. They are so many and no one to pick them and it makes her restless.”*

2. My hands are creased like old letters telling stories in the lines folded and unfolded and felt between fingers These are not the soft pliant hands of housewives lived inside latex and slips of silk These are hands that shape the rough and grasp the vital that wear wood handles slick and smooth These are berry picking hands that bend back briers with no trepidation and remove blackberries one by one with gentle consideration

3. No matter how many cold, cracking dry winters endured my hands know the joys of an entire summer can be held in a few gallons of tart, dark fruit And purple stained hands *quote from a letter from West Virginia c. early 1900s – John Gagnon, 2020

 

 

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