Hey! There's Science in My Ice Cream!

Posted: November 12, 2015

Join us as we celebrate the close of a fabulous Fall season at the museum with our annual Ice Cream Social. Sunday November 22 from 1pm at the Pasto Agricultural Museum.
early 1900s Creamery, courtesy Penn State Archives

early 1900s Creamery, courtesy Penn State Archives

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The last in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum, to be held Nov. 22, will be a traditional ice cream social in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Penn State Creamery. Join us as we celebrate the close of a fabulous Fall season at the museum with our annual Ice Cream Social.


The College of Agricultural Sciences Food Science Department will be churning fresh ice cream and discussing what goes into their fabulous concoctions. The event will feature free fresh-made and Creamery ice cream, while supplies last, and live music performed by the Stone Valley Pickers, a band of local musicians who play old-time folk music. They’ll be mingling the sounds of banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and vocals, and filling the museum with "old time chanties and melodies your grandmother hummed," according to Rita Graef, curator.


There will be several hands on activities for all ages and on display at the museum through November are milk cans and bottles from the early State College Creamery and early Pennsylvania College Creamery. "Private collectors Larry Harpster and Steve Spencer share their passion and interest in Penn State and dairy history to help us set up a display of bottles and cartons, milk cans and photos of the time," said Graef


"One of the special items on display is a milk can that would have been inserted into food service dispensers on campus. We have also included original records of milk production and percent butterfat from the late 1890s that were receipts for milk from local farmers selling milk to the Creamery. From early gothic lettering, embossed glass designs, printed milk cartons – the graphics on each bottle are unique to the period."


The fall open house series is a great time to experience the Pasto Agricultural Museum, she added. It has featured a different part of the collection from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each Sunday after home football games, so the experience for visitors has been different each weekend.


The museum will be open on this final Penn State home football game Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., offering activities, demonstrations, lectures and tours that highlight the facility's collection, and connect agricultural history to the present day. Funding for the open houses has been provided through a grant made possible by the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Centre County Board of Commissioners.