'From Our Mothers' Kitchens': Cooking in Rural Canada - Digital Exhibition Launch | College of Arts

'From Our Mothers' Kitchens': Cooking in Rural Canada - Digital Exhibition Launch

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Curated by students in Dr. Rebecca Beausaert's Food History class at the University of Guelph, the exhibit highlights how rural and agrarian areas in Canada have shaped Canadian food trends and preferences over the past 160 years. The exhibit is part of the What Canada Ate site, which was developed by Archival & Special Collections and the History Department at the University of Guelph. The site provides free access to nearly 300 complete digital facsimiles of Canadian cookbooks from McLaughlin Library's extensive Culinary Collection. Because of the exhibition's focus on Canadian food and rural communities, it is dedicated to the memory of Anita Stewart (1947-2020), the first Food Laureate of the University of Guelph.

The launch will be accompanied by remarks by Dr. Julia Christensen Hughes (former dean and professor, Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics, U of G), Fiona Lucas (past president and founder of the Culinary Historians of Canada), Dr. Sofie Lachapelle (professor and chair, Department of History, U of G), Curtis Sassur (head, Archival & Special Collections, U of G), and the student curators

This free event will be presented in conjunction with the Rural Women's Studies Association Triennial Conference. To attend, please email Dr. Rebecca Beausaert (rbeausae@uoguelph.ca) by May 12, 2021. A Zoom link will be sent to attendees on the day before the launch. 

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.