Home Economics classroom at Kingswood School, 1932. Cranbrook Archives.
Welcome to the Cranbrook Kitchen Sink! This is our very first post, so please bear with us as we explain what we’re doing here and get all excited. If we had glitter, we’d be throwing it right now.
The Cranbrook Kitchen Sink is an exciting new undertaking for the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research. And what is the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, you might ask? Well, we’re essentially a department of archivists and historians who focus on all things Cranbrook. We’re charged with interpreting the history of this unique educational community, from its founding in 1908 as a country estate for George and Ellen Booth to its current incarnation as a 319-acre campus that includes a prestigious private school, a science museum, a graduate art academy and an art museum. Also three historic houses, legendary gardens, architecture with National Historic Landmark status, a world-class art collection, and an archive so in-depth you could get lost in it for days…. you get the idea. This is a big place with a lot of history, and we’re here to cover it all.
So what will you find at the Cranbrook Kitchen Sink? Well, everything but the! We want the Kitchen Sink to be a place where Cranbrook Center and Archives staff can post about their research, report back on cool and interesting documents or stories we’ve uncovered, and get just a sliver of the amazing material that makes up Cranbrook’s 100+ year history out into the wider world. We’re here to tell you the stories you haven’t heard about this strange, incredible place called Cranbrook. So sit back, relax, and enjoy all things Cranbrook!