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Thanksgiving: A History Through Food

Date: Saturday, November 4, 2023

Location: William Paca House & Garden, 186 Prince George Street

Time: 2:00 pm (EDT) - 3:00 pm (EDT)

Join us for a special seasonal lecture with food historian, Joyce White. This lecture will be presented in person. 

Thanksgiving: A History Through Food explores the political, social, economic, and cultural traditions that have made Thanksgiving a truly American holiday.

Discover how Thanksgiving has transformed over time from the celebration of Harvest Home, as it was called in 1621 at Plimoth Plantation. You’ll find that not only have the reasons we celebrate Thanksgiving changed over the years… but so has the food!

Participants will enjoy a slice of pie to polish off this delicious presentation!

Advance registration required. Program will be held inside in the Conference Room at the Paca House; seating is limited.

Cost: $25 per person General Admission; $20 HA Members, HA Docents, and Military

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About Our Presenter: Joyce White developed her love for food history while working as a museum educator at various historic house museums and sites in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Joyce writes articles for local publications such as Outlook by the Bay, Chesapeake Family Magazine, and assorted blogs. Joyce is also the foodways consultant to the c. 1801 Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale Park, MD, was the consultant for the restoration of the 18th century kitchen at Annapolis’s William Paca House, was the guest curator for the Maryland State Exhibit for the Southern Food & Beverage Museum in New Orleans, LA, and is on the Board of Trustees for Annapolis’ c. 1774 Hammond-Harwood House Museum. Joyce has a B.A. from William Smith College, an M.A. in American Studies from Penn State University, and has studied food history with leaders in the field at various historic sites in England and the US, including training at the Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy in Chicago.

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