Thursday, October 27, 2011

Upcoming Event: Janice Longone to Speak at New York Public Library, November 10, 2011

Culinary Historians of New York and the New York Public Library 

The Old Girl Network: Charity Cookbooks and the Empowerment of Women
Janice Bluestein Longone
Presentation of 2011 Amelia Award to Janice Bluestein Longone

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Before mass media, communication and transit, the first wave of the women’s movement was already active via the most ordinary of objects – the lowly cookbook. “Charity cookbooks,” a legacy of the Civil War, championed many causes: suffrage, education, temperance, prohibition, equal rights, working conditions, welfare, immigration, and legal rights and responsibilities, while benefiting churches, schools, sororities, the homeless, and others in need. The effort required to create, publish and distribute the books created networks of communication, which nurtured fledgling political movements that transformed American culture.  The books demonstrate how women worked together to help themselves, other women, and the outside world, while, along the way, the recipes and how-to advice in the books offer a compelling glimpse into America’s cooking habits and its region-by-region culinary heritage.

Jan Longone is Curator of American Culinary History at the University of Michigan’s Clements Library.  She is proprietor of The Wine and Food Library, America’s oldest antiquarian culinary bookshop and founder and honorary chair of the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.  Among her many other activities was helping to develop MSU’s “Feeding America” website. In addition to speaking, she will receive the 2011 Amelia Award for Lifetime Achievement in Culinary History. Join us in celebrating her accomplishments. Refreshments will be served.

This program is free and open to the public, but you must RSVP. Please send an email to with “Longone” in the subject line or return the form below.

New York Public Library
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
Berger Forum, room 227, on the second floor
Enter at 5th Avenue or 42nd Street; 42nd Street is a shorter walk to the Berger Forum
Time: 6:00 pm Check-in and reception | 6:30 pm Amelia Award Presentation and Lecture

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View the online exhibit of The Old Girl Network: Charity Cookbooks and the Empowerment of Women.

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