Provides an overview of the Food History Project at the National Museum of American History, with attention to the history of research, collecting, exhibitions, and programming.
Paula J. Johnson
M.A., Anthropology and Folklore, University of Texas, Austin
B.A., English, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota
American food and wine history and material culture. History of American fisheries and fishing communities. Traditional boats and boat building, particularly in the Chesapeake Bay. Oral history and folklife documentation.
Project Director, American Food and Wine History Project
- Project Director and Curator for the exhibition, FOOD: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000.
- Lead Curator, Smithsonian Food History Weekend.
- Co-organizer of the 2011 meetings of the International Congress of Maritime Museums, held at the Smithsonian Institution and The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia.
- Project Director and Curator for the permanent exhibition, On the Water: Stories from Maritime America (opened May 2009) http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater.
- Member of the curatorial team for the permanent exhibition and Web site, America on the Move, (opened November 2003) http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthemove.
- Member of the team that documented and collected Julia Child's kitchen from her Cambridge, Massachusetts, home, in 2001. Co-curated both exhibitions and Web sites resulting from this collection: Bon Appetit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian and What's Cooking?.
- Star-Spangled Banner Project curatorial team, 1998–2001.
- Principal researcher for Design Innovation in the Pacific Salmon Fishery: Documentation of the Troller NORA for the National Watercraft Collection, 1997-2000.
- Curatorial Committee, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Maryland
- National Council on Public History
- American Historical Association
- Council of American Maritime Museums
- International Congress of Maritime Museums
Report on the condition of objects on long-term display in Julia Child's Kitchen at the National Museum of American History. Curatorial and conservation issues are discussed.