Press Release – Ella Sharp Museum Edible History

1 08 2008

Sounds cool.  From a press release….

The Edible History dinner will take place in Ella’s Granary Restaurant (in the Museum) and will feature a menu of mid-19th century fare. .

Edible History dinners are annotated meals, Each course will have a brief explanation of the food-what it is, how it was prepared, etc. The menu (a secret); for this first Edible History program is tailored to the arrival of Mary Merriman, Ella Sharp’s mother, in Jackson in 1856.

This dinner imagines what Mary might have eaten in this earlier Jackson. Museum staff combed through the Museum collection and period cookbooks and recipes to create a menu reflecting Jackson in the 1850s.

Accompanying the meal is a slide presentation of Mary Wing Farnsworth Merriman. “We are so often focused on the life of her daughter, Ella-yet Mary was a fascinating woman in her own right.

The logic is that without Mary there would be no Ella and without Ella no beautiful park or Museum. We owe a lot to Mary and the way she raised her daughter.” Upcoming meals will feature other members of the Merriman-Sharp family and other periods of Jackson history.

The Edible History: Mary Merriman dinner requires a paid reservation.

Cost for the meal, period beverage, and program is $35per person.

Contact the Museum for more information and for reservations at (517)787-2320.

3225 Fourth St.
Jackson, MI 49203


Press Release – Picnic on Ella’s Lawn

26 06 2008

From A Press Release:

You’re Invited to have a Picnic on Ella’s Lawn
Saturday, July 12
Noon – 4 PM
Upstairs/Downstairs Tour at 2:30 PM

Families are invited to bring their lunch, throw down a blanket, and enjoy a summer afternoon picnic at Hillside Farm.

Enjoy making some fresh-squeezed lemonade & homemade ice-cream, play croquet, participate in our horseshoe contest, and roll a hoop down the lane.

Also that day we will have a special Attic & Cupola Tour of the house.

$15 for families
$10 for couples and
$5 for individuals