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                                 Cooking at the Hearth  Burgoo on Derby Day
                               May 4 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., free event
                                   Oldham County History Center


The Oldham County History Center will continue its series of year-long demonstrations entitled Cooking at the Hearth, on Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. These programs are designed to demonstrate the long lost art of cooking over the hearth and using a bread oven the way our ancestors did at one time. Each demonstration will take place at the Dahlgren Pioneer Barn on the History Center campus, located at 106 N. Second Ave. in La Grange. These programs are free and open to the public, and will take place every first Saturday of the month, March - December. Participants may arrive any time between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., as the program is ongoing.


The May demonstration will feature Oldham County History Center Executive Director Nancy Stearns Theiss and her husband Jim cooking up a batch of a Kentucky specialty on the hearth, burgoo. A crowd pleaser for over 150 years, burgoo is a Kentucky-based stew made from a mixture of ingredients. Learn how to make a pot of this Derby Day traditional food and serve it at home with mint juleps to celebrate the 145th Kentucky Derby. The best part of the program is that participants get to sample what they make! The hearth that is used for these demonstrations is located in the Dahlgren Pioneer Barn and was hand built by local stone mason Jody Edgerton.


Registration is strongly recommended (especially for groups over 5 in number) but not required, so enough supplies will be on hand. These programs are great for boy and girl scouts, youth groups, and those wanting to experience something new. For more information contact the Oldham County History Center at (502) 222-0826.


Oldham County Historical Society

106 North Second Ave.

La Grange, KY  40031

(502) 222-0826


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