Monday, April 18, 2011

Lecture by Kelly Sisson Lessens: "King Corn in the Kitchen, 1877-1918," April 28, 2011

Kelly Sisson Lessens
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Michigan

“'To gladden and bless the nations of the earth':
King Corn in the Kitchen, 1877-1918”

Thursday, April 28, 2011
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor

Between the late 1870s and the first World War, a series of bumper corn crops prompted leaders in politics, industry, and branches of the federal government to market corn as a desirable "human food" in the United States and Europe. In this lecture, Kelly Sisson Lessens reviews the actions of the era’s American corn boosters to place the rise of King Corn into the context of industrialization, cultural change and agricultural market development in the United States.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Library at (734) 764-2347 or visit our website:

William L. Clements Library
909 S. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI

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