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October 23, 2013

Nelson Pioneer Farm artifact

Do you know what this is?

By DUANE NOLLEN
The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA —

This past week's artifact from the Nelson Pioneer Farm was a waffle iron.

Several people guessed at the artifact's identity.

Imogene Homan wrote via email: “I am reasonably sure that the item from Nelson Pioneer Farm is one of the original waffle irons.  I have one that looks very similar.”

Via Facebook, Ron Barrett wrote: “Waffle iron?” Renee Visser wrote: “ Stroopwafel iron.” Kayla Scholtus wrote: “ I don't know the proper name but it is used to “stoke” a fire!

The Oskaloosa Herald and the Nelson Pioneer Farm are teaming up to test your knowledge of historical artifacts.

The Nelson Pioneer Farm has about 15,000 artifacts in its collection spanning in age from the 1840s to the present.

The Herald will take a picture of an artifact and publish it in the Herald section of the Oskaloosa Shopper, The Oskaloosa Herald an the Herald's Web site, www.oskaloosa.com. People can make a guess on what they think the object could be.

People can either email their guess to oskynews@oskyherald.com or mail their guess to The Oskaloosa Herald, P.O. Box 530, Oskaloosa, IA 52577. You can vote from Wednesday through Saturday.

The identity of the artifact and the vote breakdown will be announced in each Wednesday's Herald Shopper along with the week's new artifact.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com