Fifth Annual Recipe Swap features vintage recipes to sample

Texarkana, USA – Join the Texarkana Museum System on Saturday, September 24 from 2-4 p.m. at the PJ Ahern Home for this year’s Community Recipe Swap. Share your favorite recipes and taste ours! Admission is free when you bring a recipe to share. Registration is recommended. For more information, please call the Texarkana Museums System at 903-793-4831 or register at

Since 2017, the Texarkana Museums System has held an annual event to invite the public to celebrate Texarkana’s culinary culture. Inspired by the boom in the use of canned foods in the 20th century, this year’s recipe exchange features recipes found on canned food labels or that list a canned food as an ingredient.

“Every cook has a go-to recipe they’ve scavenged from a tin of vegetables or a favorite dish that calls for a tin of cream of mushroom soup,” says TMS curator Jamie Simmons. “We want to celebrate the creativity it takes to turn a can of soup into a lavish dinner.”

The event is free, but guests should bring at least one recipe, handwritten or printed, to donate to the Wilbur Smith Research Archive’s Texarkana Foodways Collection. Customers are encouraged to bring a sample of their dish to share. The Texarkana Museums System will provide samples of 3 vintage recipes from the collections as well as copies of the recipes for guests to take home.

The Texarkana Foodways collection includes cookbooks, handwritten recipes, and restaurant menus from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as personal stories and descriptions of family food traditions. All donated recipes are made available through the TMS Wilbur Smith Research Archive.

This event is hosted by the Texarkana Museums System at the PJ Ahern Home, 403 Laurel, in historic downtown Texarkana, Arkansas. For more information about this event or future events, please contact TMS at 903-793-4831, email [email protected]find us on Facebook or visit our website