Over a Century of Diner History on Display

images/spaCity The Culinary Archives & Museum at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, is featuring an exhibition entitled, Diners: Still Cookin' In the 21st Century. The interactive exhibition traces the history of diners from their origins in the 19th century as horse-drawn wagons to the modern "retro" diners of the 21st century. The exhibit is based on the collection of diner historian Richard J. S. Gutman, the author of American Diner and American Diner Then and Now. The artifacts on display include a life size replica of a classic lunch counter and the entire 15-stool Ever Ready Diner, a 1926 Worcester Lunch Car which formerly operated in Providence and is now awaiting restoration. The exhibit opened in June and runs through 2008. Photo: www.dinercity.com.