Join us to kick off our Kaffee und Kuchen programs! This week we welcome Cammie from the Mississippi Spoon Gallery to learn about her collection of silver spoons from Germany.
Collecting souvenir spoons has been a popular hobby for many Americans since the late 1800s when this European fad swept the nation. Souvenir spoons grew out of the birth of leisure tourism in Europe around the mid 1800s. Wealthy Americans on a Grand Tour of Europe brought home these souvenirs marked with the names of cities and some of the famous landmarks they had seen.
View the fine craftsmanship and artistry of the silversmiths and the history depicted in these unique spoons.
1:30 coffee and cake
FREE for members, $5 for non-members
This event is in-person only.
712 W 2nd St. Davenport, Iowa 52802
The Mississippi Spoon Gallery
showcases spoons from all over the world and some are dated 150 years ago. It’s the world’s largest collection put together to show the history depicted in spoons right here in Davenport. The details are so great that you will need a magnifying glass to appreciate all the art of the silversmiths. Cammie has put them together into categories and artfully display the spoons. The Gilded age started the spoon craze of buying something to commemorate their travels. This museum is for the purpose of saving the artwork of silversmiths that is no longer practiced today.
Cammie Pohl started collecting after her Great-grandmother, Amelia gifted her collection to Cammie. She had discovered that her Great-grandmother had traveled quite a bit. Amelia had spoons from the St. Louis World’s Fair, Silent movie actress, Chicago World’s Fair of 1933 and many others.
Cammie has traveled a million miles and half of that with her husband. They treated the travels as a scavenger hunt to find the most unique spoons. This tradition started over 35 years ago and continues today.