MENDOTA – A new exhibit is on display at the Hume-Carnegie Museum - "Mendota - Where Corn is King." It was recently unveiled at the museum's season opening event on March 3. This extensive and entertaining exhibit features the canning history of Mendota from J.B. Inderrieden Canning Company with its Peter Pan brand to Del Monte.
Visitors will learn why corn is so important to Mendota and the Midwest.
Former Del Monte manager and current employee Harlan Hawkins has loaned many personal photos and items relating to Del Monte. Photos and artifacts from the museum archives feature past Sweet Corn Festivals, going back to the 1910s when every street downtown was adorned with stalks of corn.
Also featured in the new display are products made from corn.
The exhibit will be growing as the year progresses and will be in place until October. Museum tour hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Admission is $3. The Hume-Carnegie Museum is located at 901 Washington St. in Mendota.
To go along with the display, The Mendota Reporter will regularly feature "Corn Kernels," fun facts about corn and Mendota's long history with this "a-maizing" crop that shaped the Midwest.