SEYMOUR - A museum you can really sink your teeth into has a new mouth-watering display. The "Home of the Hamburger," Seymour is now home to what some say is the largest collection of hamburger memorabilia in the world.
"Hamburger, hamburger, hamburger hot with an onion in the middle and a pickle on top!" that is the call of "Hamburger" Charlie Nagreen of Seymour, the man many credit as the sandwich's creator.
"The hamburger was invented here in 1885," said Bill Collar, the president of the Seymour Historical Society.
Collar helps oversee the "Home of the Hamburger's" community museum, which as of a month ago is also the home to what Collar says is the largest burger memorabilia collection in the world.
"We're very, very pleased now just to have them in our collection," said Collar.
According to Collar, former owner Jeffrey Tennyson started collecting in the 1980s. In 1993 Tennyson went on to write a history of the burger in "Hamburger Heaven."
"Took an interest in it that it kinda represented American society and that the hamburger is a real cultural icon," explained Collar.
When Tennyson passed away in 2006, he left his collection to a friend in Palm Springs, California. That friend decided the memorabilia belonged in Seymour, provided someone could get it from out west. Luckily, the "Home of the Hamburger" president works for American Food Groups.
"So the hamburger collection was brought back in a semi that normally hauls meat to California, so how appropriate!" exclaimed Collar.
Collar showed us some of the highlights and some were a surprise.
"Hamburger golf balls over there, salt and pepper shakers we have tons of those, hamburger telephones," listed Collar.
The museum received about 1,500 pieces of burger memorabilia from Tennyson's collection. Some of it is already on display, but much of it is still in storage. You'll be able to see it this August 9th and 10th for Burger Fest.
And starting next Friday the museum will also have a photo exhibit showing pictures of Seymour's history.
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