Inns and taverns played prominent roles in early American life. They served the needs of travelers who needed food to eat and places to sleep. They offered local communities a form of poor relief. And they functioned as public spaces where men could gather to discuss news, organize movements, and to drink and play cards. [Read more…] about Taverns in Early America
Have you ever wondered where the Christmas traditions of stockings, presents, and cookies come from?
What about jolly, old Saint Nicholas? Who was he and why do we often call him Santa Claus?
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History Peter G. Rose, culinary historian of Dutch foodways in North America and author of Delicious December: How the Dutch Brought Us Santa, Presents, and Treats (SUNY Press, 2014) joins us to discuss the origins of Santa Claus and edible goodies such as cookies in the United States. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/218
The New York State Museum’s Taste NY Holiday Market has been set for Sunday, December 2 from 11 am to 4:30 pm, visitors will be able to shop at 30 New York made food and beverage vendors.
Vendors will offer samples and sales of chocolates; cheese; maple products; hand-crafted beer, wine, spirits and cider; and other edible gifts. All participating vendors produce their products in New York State. There will also be cooking demonstrations, educational activities and a chocolate fountain station courtesy of We Do Fondue and Price Chopper/Market 32. [Read more…] about State Museum’s Taste NY Holiday Market December 2nd
Mass organization, non-violent civil disobedience, and a little unlawful protest have been effective ways to draw attention to issues and change public policy. Today’s anti-gun violence, #MeToo and Black Lives Matter activists can learn lessons from both the success and failure of the 1917 food riots led by immigrant women that swept through United States cities.
In February 1917 the United States still had not entered the Great War in Europe. But the week of February 19-23, 1917, there was a wave of food riots in East Coast United States cities attributed to wartime food shortages, profiteering, and hoarding. The New York Times reported riots in New York City’s the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan and in Boston, Massachusetts, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [Read more…] about 1917 Food Riots Led By Immigrant Women Swept U.S. Cities
A Taste of Change: Handwritten Cookbooks and the Stories They Tell Us, a program by Peter G. Rose, has been set for Saturday, October 20 at 1:30 pm at the First Reformed Church of Scotia.
Hand-written cookbooks tell more than just how a dish is made; they are also documents of social and family history. Family recipes often give an indication of cultural heritage and how it was retained over generations through the continuation of customs and celebrations. [Read more…] about Dutch New Netherland Foodways in Scotia Oct 20
The Albany County Historical Association (ACHA) and Ten Broeck Mansion have announced the opening of a new exhibit, “Taste of History.”
An opening reception will be held on June 15th from 5 to 7 pm. Explore Albany’s culinary past and present in this journey though food, from the earliest Dutch settlers to modern-day food culture. The exhibit and reception will be held at the King’s Place Gallery at 29 N. Swan Street. Light refreshments will be served. [Read more…] about ‘Taste of History’ Exhibit at Ten Broeck Mansion
The Winter Lecture Series at the Old Stone Fort Museum is set to begin on Sunday, February 25 at 1 pm with “For Breakfast, Pleasure and Health: Chocolate in the 18th Century.”
The lecture will be presented by colonial living historian Paul Supley in the Badgley Museum Annex located at the Old Stone Fort Museum Complex. [Read more…] about Schoharie: Old Stone Fort Winter Lecture Series