Chillicothe and its history of being the first place in the world to sell commercially-sliced bread is slated to be featured on a segment of “Mysteries at the Museum” this Thursday on the Travel Channel.
Chillicothe and its history of being the first place in the world to sell commercially-sliced bread is slated to be featured on a segment of “Mysteries at the Museum” this Thursday on the Travel Channel. The show is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. A film crew visited Chillicothe last fall and spent most of the day at the Grand River Historical Society Museum. The focus of the episode will feature the bread slicer that is on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and its inventor, Otto Rohwedder, who put his first bread-slicing machine into operation at Frank Bench’s Chillicothe Bakery in 1928. How Chillicothe became known as the Home of Sliced Bread Museum Curator Pam Clingerman said Monday that she had just been notified that the local segment will air this Thursday, March 16. She didn’t know during what part of the hour-long show the segment would be shown, but said that the local portion will be about nine minutes long. “Mysteries at the Museum” is hosted by Don Wildman, who visits America’s museums where “strange and curious remnants of the past are revealed,” according to the show’s website. Nick Fraccaro, of Optomen Productions and producer for the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum” was in town with other film crew members in October. During their visit, they also took footage of other museum displays, including Fred Irvin’s paintings and the Linotype machine that was once used at the Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune. Other footage taken included Chillicothe downtown and the Sliced Bread mural.