The American Food History Project
Out shared experiences with food connect us with the past, present, and future of what it means to be American. From pickle stands to tacos to TV dinners, American food reflects the American Experience. Join us around the table! A menu of future programs will explore the following themes:
An Agricultural Nation: Farming & American Identity
In 1785, Thomas Jefferson told John Jay that, "Cultivators of the earth are the most virtuous and independent citizens." How do the innovations in American agriculture through history influence what it means to be American?
Participation Plate: Democracy, Migration, & How America Eats
America’s food has shaped and been shaped by America’s history as a country of migration. How does all of the moving and mingling affect the foods we eat every day? What is it about American democracy that can actually shape our food?
Julia Child's Legacy: The Kitchen as Classroom
As the nation’s cooking teacher, Julia Child taught America how to cook, eat, and embrace life. How can coming together in the kitchen shape the future of the nation?
- History Explorer: In the Field—Researching the Food Exhibit
- History Explorer: The Bracero Project
- History Explorer: Sugar and Sweeteners in American History
- Prototype Online: Warren Belasco studies food for tomorrow
- Prototype Online: Vickie Kloeris creates meals for outer space
- Prototype Online: Documentary filmmaker Ian Cheney imagines a future food system
- History Explorer: Thanksgiving and Harvest Celebrations
- Prototype Online: John Andrade and Jennifer Orgolini discuss innovative approaches to beer-making… and place-making
- History Explorer: Invention of the Shopping Cart
- History Explorer: the Man with the Fish on His Back