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What Did President Jefferson Eat?

3 Public Lectures Focus on Growing Herbs and Food’s History
Sept. 13, 2010
Press Release #10-150


Three lectures on food − what Presidents Jefferson and Madison ate, how to grow herbs, and the history of writing down recipes − highlight St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Museum Studies Week Sept. 27-30. All lectures are free and open to the public.

 At 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Cole Cinema in the Campus Center, Jennifer Cognard-Black, associate professor of English, will discuss recipes as culture and memory. Whether written on note cards, collected in boxes, published in cookbooks, or posted online, says Cognard-Black, recipes articulate culture and are remarkable vessels of human memory.

At 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in Schaefer Hall 106, alumna Chrissy Moore ’96, now curator at the U.S. National Arboretum, will give tips on raising culinary herbs. This lecture is co-hosted by the Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquium Series and the St. Mary’s Arboretum, a new college organization focusing on the campus landscape and how it is cared for.

And at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall, Elizabeth Chew, associate curator of collections at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and Christian Cotz, education coordinator for James Madison’s Montpelier, will discuss the culinary tastes of these presidents, as well as those of the indentured and enslaved workers in the kitchens.

 St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. More than 2,000 students attend the college, nestled on the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland.