Van Kirk Kitchen Gallery opens June 9
SPARTA. A permanent exhibition of the Van Kirk Homestead kitchen will kick off at 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, complete with original fireplace, which is being reopened after 100 years. The kitchen served as the center of agricultural, dairy, and civic end

Sparta Historical Society Van Kirk Museum.

The Grand Opening of the Van Kirk Kitchen Gallery will be held on Sunday, June at the Van Kirk Homestead Museum in Sparta.
Built in about 1780, the Van Kirk Homestead was a center of agricultural, dairy, and civic endeavors for numerous Van Kirk generations. The hub of family activity was the kitchen providing warmth, enticing aromas, and a place to gather. “What’s Cooking at the Van Kirk Farm: 1780-1920,” shows us the original fireplace, reopened after 100 years, and the numerous transitions experienced by American families with the onset of the Industrial Revolution.
This permanent exhibit will open on Sunday, June 9, 2019, 1-4 p.m. with gallery talks throughout the afternoon. The Sparta Historical Society is grateful to the Tempe Wick #0911 Chapter of the Questers (Sparta) and the New Jersey Organization of the Questers for sponsoring this exhibition.
With the opening of this new kitchen gallery, expect the first in a series of mini-presentations offering insights into, and understanding of, the past and supplements our understanding of life at the Van Kirk homestead and elsewhere in Sparta. It also provides a glimpse into the time-consuming, labor-intensive methods used in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries to prepare, and preserve food in order to have a varied and steady supply of food throughout the year.
As technical advances in the production, processing, and preparation of food made access to many foods faster, easier, and more readily available, chemical additives were introduced into foods. These have prompted many people today to source, prepare, and preserve their own organic, chemical-free foods, once again. Attend these presentations and also learn more about preserving foods in the home in the past – and today.
The Sparta Historical Society is located at The Van Kirk Homestead Museum at 336 Main Street (Rte. 517, use Middle School Driveway), Sparta. Visit Final day for our spring exhibit “Curt E Engelbrecht: Views Through His Lens” has been extended to Sunday, July 28th. For further details or group reservations, call 973-726-0883 or Email: “Funding has been made available in part by the NJ Historical Commission through the County History Partnership Program, as administered by the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council.”