Lecture Highlights Food Culture

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Dr. Ann McCleary, director of the UWG Center for Public History, and history graduate students, will present, “Food at the Center of Everything:  Traditional Food Culture in Georgia.” Refreshments will be provided. The event is free and the community is invited to attend.

Dr. Ann McCleary, director of the UWG Center for Public History, and history graduate students, will present, “Food at the Center of Everything:  Traditional Food Culture in Georgia.” Refreshments will be provided. The event is free and the community is invited to attend.In 2007, the Georgia Humanities Council selected McCleary to be the state scholar for the Georgia tour of the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit, “Key Ingredients: America by Food.”

The prestigious GHC selection launched McCleary and history graduate students Kristina Hartmann of Asheville and Katherine Hicks of Danville, Il, on an extensive research project of Georgia food and its culture through archival research and interviews with Georgia residents.

As a result, a state catalog titled “Food, Family and Community: A Collection of Georgia Memories” will accompany the Smithsonian exhibit as it tours Georgia, which will arrive in Kingsland in May.

The catalog explores the connections between Georgians and the food they have traditionally produced, prepared, preserved and presented at meals.

For more information, call Catherine Hendricks at 678-839-5337 or e-mail chendric@westga.edu.