Friday, August 21, 2009

"Out of the Blue" TV Show Featuring Jan Longone

Watch this video to learn more about the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive at the Clements Library:

This video segment is from an episode of the Big Ten Network television show "Out of the Blue." Michigan Public Media produces this series that is hosted by Jen White of WFUM, and in this episode Charity Nebbe of WUOM interviews Jan Longone of the Clements Library. It aired on the Big Ten Network on March 19, 2009 and has been replayed several times on Michigan Television and PBS stations. This and other videos are available for download on the University of Michigan on iTunes U. You will need the iTunes program installed on your computer to play them.

Jan Longone says, "Early in 2009 I was contacted by Jay Nelson of Nice Work Productions about a very special new television series being undertaken by the Big Ten Network, WFUM/Michigan Television and PBS. Each member of the Big Ten was to produce an eight half-hour TV series about people on their campus “who are involved in particularly innovative and interesting work.” David Lampe, UM Vice President for Communications, selected the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive at the Clements Library as one of the segments. Many months of work followed, culminating in a very long day of television taping. The opportunity to “show and tell” a few of the treasures of the Archive was a memorable experience. We were honored to be selected, to open the series, and to share the program with the newly remodeled Museum of Art. In addition, we have been pleased with the feedback and response we have had to the program."

For other views of the Culinary Archive and its holdings and work, see two recent lectures based on the collection: The Old Girl Network: Charity Cookbooks and the Empowerment of Women and 500 Years of American Grapes and Wines: A Remarkable Journey. The exhibits for these and other events can be found on the Culinary Archive exhibits page.

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