The Grand River Historical Society, 1401 Forest Drive, Chillicothe, is hosting a ribbon cutting celebrating the arrival of the sliced bread machine from the Smithsonian museum on Sunday, July 7, from 1 to 6 p.m.
On that date, the museum will open its new display “A Slice of America” featuring the second bread slicer invented and manufactured by Otto Rohwedder of Davenport, Iowa. The first machine was put into service on July 7, 1928, at Chillicothe Baking Co., owned by Frank Bench, and it is believed to have been used for six months before wearing out due to heavy use.
The museum will open at 1 p.m. on Sunday, with a short program at 1:15 p.m. Among the dignitaries who will be present at the ribbon-cutting will be a granddaughter of Otto Rohwedder and members of the Bench family, in addition to Claudia (Ream) Allen, a former Chillicothe resident and Smithsonian board member who was “invaluable in our obtaining the bread slicer,” said museum board member Ron Wilder.
After guests are introduced, Cathy Ripley will give a short presentation on how she discovered the history of the bread slicer and its affiliation with Chillicothe. This will be followed by special guests cutting the ribbon to open the exhibit entitled.
Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
“Come join us at the museum and be proud of what the City of Chillicothe has contributed to American history,” Wilder said.