The Cherokee County History Center unveiled its newest temporary exhibit, Serving Up History, earlier this month, encouraging Cherokee County residents to reflect on how food brings the local community together.

Cherokee County History Center’s exhibit Serving Up History, which opened Wednesday, February 7, in the Byron L. Dobbs gallery, illustrates historic foodways in Cherokee County and the broader south, according to History Cherokee’s website.

Serving Up History History Cherokee Exhibit (Photo Credit: Ana Markosi)

A mug bearing the iconic Morton Salt artwork in the Serving Up History exhibit. (Photo Credit: Ana Markosi)

The exhibit displays the theme of community in both its contents and construction.

“We wanted to get more community involvement in this exhibit, so we also reached out to our volunteers and people who are friends of the museum,” says Kaylee Johnson, History Cherokee collections and exhibits manager. “We have one volunteer whose family collects local cookbooks. They have cookbooks from Cherokee County that go way back and from all sorts of different organizations, like churches and Boy Scout troops.”

The exhibit features a wide range of artifacts for visitors to discover, dating from the late-eighteenth to twentieth centuries. These items include both high-end pieces and familiar tools.

“We have things like vintage table settings [including] Blue Willow china, but we also have things that are more sort of homey or way more informal,” says Kaylee. “Things like Christmas cookie cutters and a dough bowl that people would knead their dough in. Gelatin is interesting because it started in the 1890s, and we have all the Jello-making implements, molds and recipes that go along with that, too.”

Serving Up History History Cherokee Exhibit (Photo Credit: Ana Markosi)

Baking items on display include pieces on loan from Chuck Douglas of Canton. (Photo Credit: Ana Markosi)

Kaylee hopes the exhibit shows Cherokee County residents that food is a universal way for people to connect with one another.

This message is clear to visitors, who are enjoying a reminder that community can be found right in the kitchen.

“It shows how different races and customs come together to create more-or-less the culinary pieces of the community,” says Eric Fox, Cherokee County resident. “All in all, it was pretty cool.” Eric enjoyed the exhibit with his two children, ages six and eight.

The Serving Up History exhibit is open through Sunday, May 26. It is sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities.


The Cherokee County History Center is open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Located at 221 East Marietta Street in Canton, History Cherokee provides free parking for guests. There is also a free public-use parking garage across from the History Center at 200 West Marietta Street.

Admission to the museum is $9 for adults and $7 for children ages five to fourteen as well as seniors over sixty-five. Admission for children under the age of four is free. All History Cherokee members also receive free admission.

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