NBM PROGRAM OUTLINE
~ CARRYING OUT the MISSION for an "on the land" MUSEUM COMPLEX ~
Why the need to develop the National Bread Museum of Grain-Baking-Bread Culture in a physical location.
The National Bread Museum
of Grain-Baking-Bread Culture
has been recognized, representing the United States, in the European-based
Atlas – Bread Museums in Europe & Beyond, at BreadCulture.net.
"When we document this history in real life with visuals, where people can see - hold - experience something of the past & the life of their family ancestors, there's a significance of reality that touches our lives that can't be gained in any other way. So the National Bread Museum is vital!" (a supporter)
* = Components (already online or to be developed) on the NationalBreadMuseum.org website, & plus each will have a Study Center in the on-land museum.
The additional units will be in the Study Center as educational sessions, classes, public awareness programs, & such.
1. *BREAD CULTURE MUSEUM
*Baking Culture Artifacts
--Collecting & Antiquing
--Significance of historical preservation
--Personalizing Family Heritage & Learning of Grandma's Baking Legacy (about 1850s through 1999)
--Design & Engineering for both "baking" & "ag" items through history
*Ag Culture Artifacts
--The shift in using our land.
--"For more than 100 yrs. the U.S. has been the food basket of the world." (A Miracle That Changed the World: The 5000 Year Leap - Principles of Freedom 101; ©2006, W. Cleon Skousen, www.nccs.net; p. xvii)
--*A Resource: History & Today: All the various grains, mills, educ. programs-colleges, associations & affiliates supporting the theme of "ag/grain-milling-flour-bread/baking;" careers-professions.
2. *COOKBOOK CULTURE
*Library & Ephemera Archive of Bread Culture
*Grandma's Legacy – Tribute & Honor Archive to our ancestral grandmothers
*History of Cookbooks – a Timeline; shifts in the 1900s, cultural changes, Foreign Influences, TV shows, Fads (fondue, crepes, etc.)
*List of people & their influence through their books (& their place in history, TV shows, businesses, etc.)
*U.S. government; FDA, etc. published works
3. *THE BAKING MILL
(Hands-on in the Dough)
Daily demos & "hands in the dough" sessions for museum visitors.
Being part of the Bread Houses Network program.
We'd like to be accepted as a Road Scholar (former Elder Hostel) destination program.
Identifying & Integrating Programming regarding Immigration Influences – Baking Heritage History
Speakers, Authors, Bloggers being guests attached to in-person events.
Baking Competition Events
4. *THE STONE OVEN
A Hole-in-the-Wall bake oven
Bakery – retail outlet
Educational programming; Classes & training on constructing & using outdoor brick/stone ovens
Providing Apprenticeship Support to MCC's Culinary Institute programming & students
Hosting Bread Festivals
5. *THE HARVEST TABLE
A Weekly Visiting Chef
A Weekly Menu coinciding with a subject matter (holiday, culture, season, food, country - travel, etc.)
Apprenticeship for MCC Culinary Institute's program & students
Local Guest Bakers offering their cultural-background, baked goods in a "neighborhood table" eatery - community/meeting place;
An International Student - Adult/American Gathering program
6. *TINS OF TASTE MUSEUM
*Food tins (emphasis on tins of baked goods); Current collection - 4,000+: about 2K European+ & 2K USA.
From all known sources, this includes the largest
or 2nd largest German Lebkuchen tin collection in the world! This website is
the only known source in the world (at least online, which reaches the world)
of documenting all historical
& current Lebkuchen companies with a "tin" history (since the 1890s).
*Advertising – Graphics – Shifts in Cultural Perceptions (societal pressure to change images)
*History of changes/shifts in Packaging, Containers, Cost Margin, Viability for Contents, etc.
7. *CULTURAL HERITAGE & IMMIGRATION MUSEUM
*Baking influences woven into the American culture
*Cultural Artifacts representing countries world-wide
Geography of the 50 states – globe – maps – language – environment – immigration/migration
*Movements affecting the U.S. culture, available crops for food/water in home countries
*Who's our/your neighbor? Over 123 languages in Omaha Public Schools
Immigrants assimilating into the American culture via baking and ESL
Psalm 104:14-15 . . .
He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the service of
man, that he may bring forth food from the earth, and wine that makes glad the
heart of man, oil
to make his face shine,
and bread which strengthens man's heart.
The following programs are not yet mentioned in the MENU of National Bread Museum components. If someone knowledgeable takes on the leadership, they can be stand-alone programs with an available on-the-land facility as a meeting place. But until then, at least the vision is expressed, as there are many people who'd benefit greatly from each.
A Hands-on, in the Neighborhood, Skill Building Program like 4-H or Scouts
This has long been an idea to incorporate within the National Bread Museum program. I (Donna, the Founder) grew up through my age 10-18 years by being in 4-H (invaluable!). Generally thought of as a program for "rural/i.e. farm" kids, it is anything but that today! The amazing number & variety of "projects" exhibited at county & state fairs today are way beyond "the farm." Every one of my projects, except dairy & sheep (plus the other large animals such as goats, pigs-hogs, horses, geese, chickens, etc.), would be possible for every "city kid." My younger brother even had "rabbits" all his teen years after moving "to town."
The rewards are: the outcomes of competition, internal leadership skills, practical application to life, ethics, virtues, building a moral character, self-discipline, & such. Who doesn't want employees with these traits?
Project skills taught by adults volunteering their "know how" to a younger generation is extremely significant to the American Way & development of our culture. Just a few of the benefits are:
*Generational association of younger people having a "grandparent-age teacher" in their life, teaching a skill;
*Handcrafts of yesteryear or a "unique work" created by someone, being passed on down to another;
*A program (Jan.-Oct.) overlapping the summer months for children & teens who otherwise have "empty hours;"
*A public exhibit of project work with competitive awards (i.e. 1st-4th);
*the list goes on . . .
9. the Bread Machine
the Incredible Bread Machine by Campus Studies The invaluable study of E C O N O M I C $, & Grandma'$ $ vs. our$.
You'd sure think that this paperback would be "all about bread," but what a surprise and an extremely valuable & interesting book of articles on economics written in 1974. It is an update & extensive revision of R. W. Grant's 1966 book by the same name, which is sold as a revised & expanded 1999 edition.
Many years ago I read that the most important knowledge each of our federal congressional and state legislators is to possess is "economics" of free market capitalism vs. government intervention & its effects of attempts to regulate economic activity. So how much do we know in order to question candidates?!?
A quote from the R. W. Grant poem titled "Tom Smith and His Incredible Bread Machine" says a lot:
True, loaves cost a dollar each. But our leaders do their best. The selling price is half a cent. (Taxes pay the rest!)
10. The Staff of Life
The Bread of Life
Our Country's Foundation of Grains, Graces, & Government
Foundational elements of knowledge our grandmas & grandpas relied upon to build this country. Principles of freedoms and liberties - What are they? . . . Where did they come from?