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Meet the ‘real’ Betty Crocker



 

 

For decades, home economist Agnes White of Valley Center was one of the most famous women in

America, but it was not until she died that it was discovered that she was the original cooking icon, Betty Crocker.

In 1924, Agnes was selected to host America’s first cooking show which was heard nationally on NBC. She was given the name Betty Crocker and, for the next 40 years, she continued to appear on the radio, prepare original recipes, and answer correspondence as Betty Crocker — much of it from her home in Valley Center.

That house, part of an eight-acre property known as the Betty Crock­er

Estate, will be open to the pub­lic on Saturday, November 21. The event is sponsored by the Valley Center Historical Society and will benefit the local History Museum, a non-profit organization. Tours will be offered on the hour from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 per per­son. A ticket order form can be ob­tained by visiting the museum Web site at vchistory.org. Additional in­formation is available on line or by calling (760) 749-2993.

The house is a 3,000 square foot home built in 1883 in the Vic­torian Gothic Revival style. It has been fully restored to its original elegance and is a private residence.


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