Out of the Museum

Yikes, we stumped readers

By: Carol Feineman, Editor
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Where: Beermann Plaza at 640 5th St.

When: Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

Free: Donations always accepted

It’s really lonely here this week at Out of the Museum.

That’s because nobody responded with what last week’s mystery item was used for at the kitchen or dining room table’s place setting.

The Lincoln Area Archives Museum is a great way to spend an informative hour or two any Tuesday through Saturday. It might give you clues to what last week’s and this week’s mystery items, both pictured here, do.

Please send answers by Tuesday to Any answers will be appreciated. We like hearing from you.

Last week’s mystery item or dishing up the salt

While no one knew what last week’s mystery item was, that is partly our fault.

The picture last week was missing a thimble that would have given perspective on the tiny dish’s size (4 1/2 inches by 3 ½ inches). 

The small dish, a saltcellar, was donated by Lincoln Area Archives Museum docent Andy McMurtrie to her favorite museum, i.e. Lincoln’s gem of a museum.

While today we use salt shakers with holes in the lid for sprinkling because of convenience, the elegant saltcellars used to be the rage.

The Lincoln docents said that Greek artifacts from the classical period included saltcellars. 

By the late 18th to early 19th-century, saltcellars were common and mass-produced in various colors and materials. Today, saltcellars are collectibles.

Check out McMurtrie’s cute saltcellar at the Lincoln Area Archives Museum. The downtown museum is open between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 640 5th St.