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Explore Historic Domestic Life


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Charleston, Illinois


Coles County



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Explore Historic Domestic Furnishings and Technology


    Two women seated in a kitchen interior, 1918


See if you can answer the following questions by "reading" the photograph shown above.

  1. What types of furniture can you identify in this picture?
  2. Are there any pieces of furniture that would not be found in kitchens today? Any that would? 
  3. Are there any kitchen technologies found in kitchens today that are absent from this kitchen? Any that are present? 
  4. What do you think the women are doing? 
  5. What do you think someone 100 years from now would learn by seeing a picture of your kitchen?



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