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Cooking in the Poor House Kitchen

Speaker: Dr. Bernard L. Herman

Cost: FREE

In the 1882 Peninsula Enterprise newspaper, there was a brief notice: “At the Alms House on last Saturday night thieves entered the smoke-house on the premises by undermining the foundation, and carried off all the meat, four pies in number, deposited there for the use of the poor of that institution.”

The lecture builds from that notice - delving into themes of hunger, diet, cooking, and resourcefulness on the Eastern Shore at the close of the 1800s, exploring what people ate, how they procured it, who did the cooking, and how it was eaten.

Dr. Herman is the George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies and Folklore in the Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.