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Cornbread and biscuits, banana pudding and tea cakes...  What do these foods have in common?  All represent the types of baked goods that people in the West Georgia piedmont prepared for their daily meals and seasonal celebrations.




photoIn association with the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi, the Center embarked on an oral history project to document the types of baked goods found in our region.  So far, we have collected more than 30 interviews about Southern baking traditions.  All of the interviews are being transcribed and archived in the Center.



Click here for some of the facts we've found so far about west Georgia piedmont baking traditions!

To read portions of our interviews, Click here.

"It was passed down from generation to generation": Baking Traditions in the Georgia Piedmont--our new exhibit!
With the support of the Georgia Humanities Council, the Center has prepared a traveling exhibit on Southern Baking Traditions. This nine-panel exhibit is currently available for complimentary rental and can be sent to schools, churches, senior centers, and other organizations for temporary exhibitions. Along with the exhibit, Center staff will come to conduct one or two public programs. If you are interested in sponsoring the exhibit, please contact Dr. McCleary, project coordinator, at 678-839-6141.

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What's Cooking for the Holidays?

In November of 2003, the Center sponsored an exhibit on baking traditions at the Carrollton Junior Women's Club "On the Square Art Show." For the exhibit, we printed a booklet featuring several favorite holiday recipes from some of our project participants. The cookbook features recipes for old-time chocolate pie, caramel cake, red velvet cake, sweet potato pie, Christmas Lizzies, and punchbowl cake. Copies of this cookbook are available on line at What's Cooking for the Holidays or through the Center.

What's next, and how can you help?

The Center for Public History is continuing this project by sharing the results of our research both on our web page and through a publication of stories, recipes, and photographs. We welcome your input! Please write to us or call us to share your favorite receipes, but be sure to include the stories that make the recipe come alive! Contact Ann McCleary by email or by phone at 678-839-6141.

Please check out our on-line exhibit and recipes!

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This project funded by the





the Southern Foodways Alliance, University of Mississippi;
the Crisco Company;
and the State University of West Georgia