June Happy Hour! Strawberry Festivals, Barbeques, and Dinners with Family

With guest speaker Dr. Catherine Hiebert Kerst, Folklife Specialist and Archivist at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress

Suggested donation: $15.00 in advance online; $20.00 at the door non-members, $15.00 museum members.  Beer, wine, cocktails, and appetizers included.

Food touches every part of our lives. What we eat and how we eat reflects our environment, spiritual and religious views, cultural heritage, politics, economic situation, social status, and much more. Whether we gather together around a table for a special meal, eat out at an ethnic restaurant, visit a maple sugar festival, or eat on the run, our interactions with food mirror our values and what we deem to be important. Using fieldwork conducted in Carroll County, Maryland, this presentation will include examples of foodways—from apple butter boils to peach festivals, cake auctions and farmers’ markets; and from home butchering to the making and serving of fastnachts, pon hoss, and slippery pot pie.  It will also explore the food traditions, practices, and rituals that we all celebrate and that represent some of our most basic beliefs.

Catherine Hiebert Kerst is a Folklife Specialist and Archivist in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. She received an MA in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a PhD in the Folklife Program, American Studies, at George Washington University. Her work in the Folklife Center’s archive is focused on providing access to unpublished ethnographic field collections and engaging in educational outreach and reference, especially related to New Deal era collections of folklore and traditional music.

This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council.


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