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It's Cool!


For immediate release:  July 8, 2010
Contact:  Catherine Bermon
860-658-2500 ext. 102

Ice Cream Day at the Simsbury Historical Society

What’s more summer than ice cream?  Come with your family to the Simsbury Historical Society on Saturday, August 7th and make it the old-fashioned way!

Ice cream has a long history: Alexander the Great enjoyed flavored snow and ice desserts; the Chinese recorded eating chilled dairy dishes in the T’ang period; the first truly frozen dairy desserts were created in the 1600s in Europe and England.   Ice cream was introduced to the American Colonies in the 1700s and was served at elegant parties such as those given and attended by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. 

Food historian Susan McLellan Plaisted will present two ice cream-making demonstrations at the Society – one at 10:30 am and another at 1:30 pm.  Owner and operator of Heart to Hearth Cookery, a food history business based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Ms. Plaisted will use original 18th and 19th century recipes and makers, including an 18th century style pewter  sabotiere, for these make-and-taste demonstrations.  From chopping the ice to turning the sabotiere – you will be making (and tasting) history!

Demonstrations will be held in the Phelps barn at 800 Hopmeadow Street and are free for members or with regular admission - $6 for adults, $4 for children aged 6 and older, free for children under 6.    The Society will open early, at 10am, in celebration of It’s Cool!  For more information, call 860-658-2500, ext. 102 or e-mail programs@simsburyhistory.org.

Established in 1911, the Simsbury Historical Society owns and operates a 2+ acre complex at 800 Hopmeadow Street; its buildings include the Phelps Tavern and barn, a late 18th century center-chimney house, the Scotland North District School House, and the Ensign-Bickford Fuse Manufactory Exhibit Building.  A non-profit organization that depends upon community support, the Society includes a research library and archive, museum store, and gardens with historic plantings. The Visitors Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12 noon to 4 pm.  For more information, call 860-658-2500.








Simsbury Historical Society
800 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070