Out of the Museum
LINCOLN AREA ARCHIVES MUSEUM
Where: Beermann Plaza at 640 5th St.
When: Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
Free: Donations always accepted
This week’s featured item really isn’t a mystery item. It will be explained in next week’s column.
If you’ve been in lately to the museum, tell us what your favorite item is at the museum and why. Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lincoln Area Archives Museum is at 640 5th St.
Last week’s mystery item
Sam Silvas, the docent pictured holding the mystery item last week, knew what the item was used for.
So did Harry Eastlick, who said Silva was “holding an almond knocker, what they used to use to knock the mature almonds off of the tree limbs! Old technology now, however!”
Charley Kendall had a different but correct twist to the answer: “We just used to call it a rubber maul used for hitting the branches of the trees in our walnut orchard to knock the walnuts off and out of the tree. Done it many times. Commercially, they used to use a shaker attached to a tractor.”
Lincoln Area Archives Museum docents said that the hammer headers were made from soft materials that would not damage tree trunks, including rubber, canvas and leather. The museum’s tree knocker, donated by Pat McCartney, has a rubber head.
Commercial almond growing in the United States goes back to the mid 1800s after the California Gold Rush, according to the docents, and almonds today are the largest food export of California. A 2016 report from the California Department of Food and Agriculture reported that the almond industry stood at the top of the food- producing ladder at 5.16 billion.
Visit the Lincoln Area Archives Museum between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays to learn about more topics that are part of our history. There is no admission but donations are always accepted by the nonprofit museum.
- Carol Feineman