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Historic Deerfield Press Release
Immediate Release
May 1, 2013
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Foodways in the Northeast II: A Second Helping 

2013 Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife Conference

June 21-23, 2013


Dublin Seminar Crop 2Foodways in the Northeast II: A Second Helping is a three-day conference of seventeen lectures, a supporting workshop, and demonstrations on the subject of New England's culinary history from 1600 to the present. The program complements and expands on scholarly developments presented at a previous Seminar held thirty-one years ago in Deerfield in 1982. Beginning Friday evening with the keynote speaker, John Forti of Strawbery Banke Museum, the conference will address colonial-period foodways; the foodways of schools, politics, and culinary revivals; diet and religious foods; nineteenth century farm management; and foodways in the twentieth century. The conference will end on Sunday with a panel discussion on the renaissance in New England of artisan and slow foods, followed by comments from Caroline F. Sloat, a speaker at the 1982 Seminar.

The Seminar is designed for educators, historians, culinarians, collectors, authors, librarians,
and museum curators; students and the general public are cordially invited to attend. A selected
and edited transcript of this conference will appear as the 2013 Annual Proceedings of the
Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, to be issued about two years after the conference.
Past Seminar Proceedings and publications by program speakers will be available for purchase
at the conference.

The thirty-eighth annual meeting in the Dublin Seminar series, Foodways in the Northeast
II:A Second Helping will take place on the weekend of June 21 through 23, 2013, at
Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, Massachusetts. The lecture program will begin at 7:00 p.m.
on Friday evening and will continue until approximately 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. The
weekend will include an optional workshop and demonstration on Friday afternoon. Lunch
and dinner will be provided on Saturday, June 22; light refreshments will be served each
morning. Dormitory accommodations will be available at the campus of The Bement School
beginning Friday afternoon.


Foodways in the Northeast II: A Second Helping

Lecture Program


Friday Afternoon, June 21, 2:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Optional Workshop

450 Years of American Artisan Cheese in New England

Jeff Roberts, Author, The Atlas of American Artisan Cheese and Faculty, New England Culinary Institute

The workshop will feature a brief history of cheese making in New England and an opportunity to taste regional artisan cheese and craft beer representing each New England state.


Ongoing Demonstration

All who purchase a reduced museum admission ticket (see registration form) are invited to participate in ongoing open hearth cooking demonstrations and a special demonstration on Friday, "Breakfast on Chocolate." Open hearth cooks will prepare the hot chocolate drink and explore the rich and surprising history of chocolate in colonial New England. Also featured is a visit to the nearby Stebbins House to see how chocolate would have been served in the bed chamber.


Friday evening, June 21, 7:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

John Forti, Curator of Historic Landscapes, Strawbery Banke Museum

From Sustenance to Relevance: Reinterpreting the Role of the Museum in New England's Foodways


Saturday and Sunday morning registration and light refreshments starting at 8:00 a.m.


Saturday morning, June 22

Colonial-Period Foodways

Erica Kowsz, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"Indian Corn" and Social Identity: Cooking and Processing of Zea mays in Early Colonial New England


Kathleen M. Wall, Culinarian, Plimoth Plantation

A Spoonful of Pottage: Wampanoag and Plymouth Colony Dining Diplomacy, 1620-1623


Karen B. Metheny, Boston University

Cultural "Other" in Colonial New England: The Duality of Maize


D. Brooks Montgomery, University of Minnesota

A Fishy Story: The Profit Triangle and New England's Eighteenth-Century Cod Trade


Saturday afternoon, June 22

The Foodways of Schools, Politics, and Food Revivals

Catharine Dann Roeber, Winterthur Museum

School Food: Dining and "Edible" Education in Early America


Nancy J. Siegel, Towson University

"Recipe to Make a Patriot:" Political Foodways of New England


Paula Marcoux, Independent Scholar, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Foods of the Fathers-The Meaning of Succotash


Diet and Food

Elizabeth J. Nosek, Independent Scholar, Longmont, Colorado

The Family Table: A Story of Adaption and Perseverance at the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site


Ruth Ann Murray, Boston University

Sermons from the Mount: Shaker Food Advice in The Manifesto



Saturday evening, June 22

Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Farm Management

Katheryn P. Viens, Massachusetts Historical Society and Boston University

Pride and Asparagus: 1820s Market Gardening on the Christopher Gore Estate


Cathy Stanton, Tufts University

Immigrant Farmers between the Lines: Rereading Progressive Era Sources in a Time of Contemporary Food Reform


Sunday morning, June 23

Food in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

Carrie Dedon, Boston University

Scientists, Housewives, and Sex Objects: Gelatin and the Many Roles of 1960s American Women


Rachel B. Sayet, Mohegan Tribal Nation

A Celebration of Land and Sea: Modern Indigenous Cuisine in New England


Artisan and Slow Food: A New England Renaissance

Jeffrey P. Roberts, Cow Creek Creative Ventures

The Locavore Crusade and Slow Food International


Benjamin A. Watson, Chelsea Green Publishing Company

Heritage Foods and Place-Based Food Traditions


Old and New Directions: A Second Helping

Caroline F. Sloat, Independent Scholar, Thompson, Connecticut

Still Cooking: The First Dublin Foodways Conference Plus Thirty



The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife is a continuing series of conferences, exhibitions, and publications whose purpose is to explore everyday life, work, and culture in New England's past. Founded on the premise that traditional lore and material folk culture are rapidly disappearing in New England, the series focuses attention on emerging areas of folk studies, regional and local history, cultural geography, historical archaeology, and vernacular and antiquarian studies. Conferences are held in June or July of each year with concurrent exhibitions at participating museums and art galleries. Selected and edited transcripts of papers presented at Dublin Seminar conferences are published each year as the Annual Proceedings. Catalogues of exhibitions accompanying Dublin Seminar conferences are published separately. Dublin Seminar conferences are sponsored by Historic Deerfield. Past Seminar topics and a current list of publications for sale may be consulted at the conference website,


The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife and Historic Deerfield, Inc., wish to thank the New England Culinary Institute and CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture), for their promotional support. In addition, special thanks are given to Lamson & Goodnow for their contribution to the Seminar.



Conference registration is available online or a registration form can be downloaded at Reservations are limited and will be accepted in the order received and must arrive on or before June 10, 2013. Registrants may request complimentary lecture abstracts through e-mail. Advance registrations are refundable, less $10 handling, if cancelled before June 10, 2013. All registrants will receive a detailed conference schedule.  For information and registration by telephone, contact Julie Orvis at (413) 775-7179 or






About Historic Deerfield

Historic Deerfield ( is a nationally recognized museum offering tours of period houses and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Now featuring exhibitions:

  • Tea Talk: Ritual and Refinement in Early New England Parlors on view through February 16, 2014.
  • Into the Woods: Crafting Early American Furniture, a long-term furniture exhibition. 
  • Engraved Powder Horns from the French and Indian War and the American Revolution: The William H. Guthman Collection, permanent.
  • Celebrating the Fiber Arts: The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery, a permanent exhibition with changing elements.

Historic Deerfield also offers relaxed fine dining at Champney's Restaurant and Tavern at the Deerfield Inn, lodging in the Deerfield Inn (, and shopping at the Museum Gift Shop and Bookstore ( Please call (413) 775-7214 for museum information and program schedule.

M10 logoHistoric Deerfield is a member of Museums10, a partnership of ten outstanding museums - Amherst College Museum of Natural History, Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Hampshire College Art Gallery, Historic Deerfield, Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, National Yiddish Book Center, Smith College Museum of Art, and the University Gallery at UMass Amherst - in one gorgeous place: the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. For more information about Museums10, please visit
MCC LogoA portion of Historic Deerfield's operating funds is provided through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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