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YORK, Pa. -- The York County Heritage Trust and the Rutter’s Cos. this morning officially opened an interactive dairy exhibit called "Marvelous Milk: From the Farm to Your Table," the chain reported.
Funded by a $55,000 donation from Rutter’s, the exhibit is at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St. It is in the museum’s Bradley Agricultural Gallery, next to an 1830s grist mill. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, according to the company.
"We’re grateful to Rutter’s for creating an exhibit that brings the trust’s history education mission to fruition," said Joan Mummert, president and CEO of the trust. "It capitalizes on new educational innovations to capture a child’s attention while imparting lasting lessons. We’re eager to watch excited children milk a cow while gaining knowledge about contemporary and historic dairy farming."
The exhibit presents the history of dairy farming in York County and the concept of where milk originates. Central to the exhibit is a life-sized model of a milking cow, where children can practice milking.
The exhibit’s highlights also include:
-- A children’s reading area, featuring large bales of hay in place of chairs;
-- A video that highlights dairy farming history in York County;
-- A weighing game that allows children to determine how much milk is found in delicious treats such as ice cream;
-- An interactive timeline game that shows how milk gets from farm to home;
-- Interactive flip charts and electronic presentations that scroll through fun facts and test one’s milk trivia knowledge; and,
-- A game that challenges participants to guess the age of old Rutter’s milk bottles shown in a series of pictures.
The cow is named Annabelle, the winning entry in a "name our cow" contest the trust and Rutter’s conducted in the spring. For submitting the name, Brianna Crumling of Windsor won a $100 Rutter’s gift card and a yearlong family membership from the trust. The second- and third-place entries received $50 and $25 gift cards, respectively, and family day passes from the trust.
The new exhibit builds on a previous collaboration between Rutter’s and the trust—the Rutter’s Discovery Center that opened in 2007 at the Historical Society Museum in York.
"History is a big part of what connects Rutter’s to its customers and to York County," said Todd Rutter, president of Rutter’s Dairy. "Generations have grown up with Rutter’s milk in the refrigerator and on the dinner table. This exhibit does a great job of honoring York County’s dairy history while also representing it as a dynamic, ongoing part of our daily lives."
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