Mendon Community Cookbook

Recipes from the Past: A Keepsake Community Cookbook from the Mendon Historical Society available for Mother’s Day

The Mendon Historical Society is pleased to announce the Mendon Community Cookbook. Society members Norma Phipps Allard and Ruth Hoisington O’Grady compiled a collection of classic recipes that were offered in three different cookbooks from the 1950’s.

These original cookbooks were created by members of  the Mendon Unitarian Church, the Mendon Baptist Church and Saint Michaels Catholic Church. In addition to the recipes some of the original advertising has been included. Norma and Ruth have also shared memories of the people who contributed to the original cookbooks. This cookbook is a trip down memory lane and a reflection of our community when dinner was always on the stove and church suppers were an important part of our social fabric.

These cookbooks are available now and with Mother’s Day right around the corner, they would make a wonderful gift. You can order your cookbook by contacting the Mendon Historical Society by email or by phone at (508) 488-9620 – leave a message with your name and how many books you would like. We will contact you to arrange a pickup time.

The cost of the cookbooks is $12.00. We will arrange pick up and payment following the Covid 19 Social Distancing Guidelines as the museum does not yet have regular open hours. 

We hope you will enjoy this unique treasure. We are most grateful to Norma Phipps Allard and Ruth Hoisington O’Grady for their dedication in bringing this project together. 

December 1945 Dinner Clean up at the Mendon Town Hall
left to right :Hazel Leonard, Mabel Metcalf, Maude Clough, Gladys Morrison, Henry Clough (leaning back) and Francis Morrison.

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