Hastings Museum Director Appears On History Channel Series


     The Hastings Museum got some free national advertising Sunday night on the History Channel docudrama series The Food That Built America.

      Museum Director Teresa Kreutzer-Hodson was one of the experts in the episode titled Thirst Quenchers as she told the origin story of Kool-Aid, created in Hasting in 1927 by Edwin Perkins.

      Each episode of the series tells the story of 2 or 3 of the biggest brands in the U-S in a given field such as frozen foods, soup, cheese, and beer. Celebrated this time along with Kool-Aid were Hi-C and Gatorade. 

     Since Kool-Aid was created in Hastings, the museum had a lot of information on it and Perkins. Kreutzer-Hodson even wrote a book about the drink, “Kool-Aid: Discover The Dream.” 

      Her scenes in Sunday night’s episode were filmed last September in New York City. In them, Kreutzer-Hodson recounted the successes and failures that led Perkins to come up with the best-selling powered drink mix in history. 

      Thirst Quenchers will air again twice next Sunday evening at 6:00 and midnight. It’s the next-to-last episode of the fourth season of the series.