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Cylinder Quasquicentennial Memorabilia Now Available

By Staff | Mar 11, 2010

CYLINDER MEMORABILIA – Several items have been specially created in honor of Cylinder’s upcoming Quasquicentennial celebration. Deb Weisbrod, celebration organizer, displays the J.D. Speltz print of the Cylinder Depot, a Cylinder Quasquicentennial Cookbook, and T-shirt and beverage koozie that are available. – Lori Hall photo

How do you memorialize a celebration? You create a cookbook and commission a painting of community landmarks. That’s just a few of things Cylinder has done in anticipation of their quasquicentennial celebration Aug. 6, 7, and 8.

According to Deb Weisbrod, celebration organizer, the Cylinder Quasquicentennial Cookbook has been a hot seller.

“We’ve had very good feedback on the cookbook,” said Weisbrod. “It has lots of good, usable recipes with items you commonly have on hand.”

The 220-page cookbook contains over 470 recipes submitted by current and former Cylinder residents.

“It’s a nice mixture of recipes and Cylinder history,” added Weisbrod.

Each cookbook section is divided by a page with a photo from the Cylinder of long ago. There’s also a section featuring a reprint from Cylinder’s 1946 cookbook, and a page containing the song written by Monte Thompson for Cylinder’s Centennial in 1985.

Interspersed throughout the cookbook are old ads, WPA photos, and two different stories of how Cylinder got its name.

The J.D. Speltz-commissioned print of Cylinder’s old Depot graces the cookbook’s front cover.

Out of 160 Depot prints, 12 remain for sale. Each copy of the Armstrong artist’s depiction of the Depot and hay barn by the railroad tracks is signed and numbered.

“No more will be printed after this,” said Weisbrod, who added that a second print by Speltz is being commissioned for release this summer. That print will depict the Fourth of July in Cylinder, complete with fireworks in the park and the old ’69 fire truck.

Already, the Cylinder Quasquicentennial Committee has received over $3,200 from the sale of the Depot print. In the future, the Committee will raffle off a clock, two matted and framed Cylinder prints, and a Redlin print. Proceeds from cookbook sales are going to fund the celebration, as well. 

To purchase a print or cookbook, contact Deb Weisbrod at 712-424-3992. Cookbooks are also available at Iowa Trust & Savings Bank in Cylinder and Emmetsburg and at Cylinder RV. Cylinder Quasquicentennial T-shirts (in adult and children’s sizes) and beverage koozies can be found at the Rack Shack in Cylinder.