Synopsis: Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries’ new exhibition From Cooking Pot to Melting Pot: New Jersey’s Diverse Foodways will open November 12, 2018 at Alexander Library.
Start Time: Monday, November 12, 2018 12:00 AM
End Time: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Location: Alexander Library
Address: 169 College Avenue
Campus: College Avenue
Room: Special Collections and University Archives
City, State, Country: New Brunswick, NJ US
Fee: N/A
Sponsor: Rutgers University Libraries
Category: Other
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Contact Name: Fernanda Perrone
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Contact Phone: (848) 932-6154
Additional Information: The opening will feature a presentation by Carla Cevasco of the Rutgers Department of American Studies, historian of food in colonial America and author of the forthcoming Violent Appetites: Hunger, Natives and Settlers in the Northern Borderlands. From Cooking Pot to Melting Pot is one of the first events in Transcultural NJ Revisited 2018-2020, a two-year, statewide celebration of local and global cultures in the Garden State under the auspices of Rutgers’ Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. New Jersey has one of the most culturally diverse populations in the United States. Beginning in the 17th century, emigrants from a range of European countries and enslaved Africans joined the area’s original inhabitants, the Lenape. Food became an important marker of culture for these new arrivals. This exhibition will trace the development of New Jersey foodways, starting with the influence of Native Americans through various waves of immigration to the present. In the years before contact, the Lenape cultivated native plants such as maize, beans, squash, pumpkins, and tobacco. They hunted game with bows and arrows, fished in the rivers, and collected oysters and mussels along New Jersey’s long coastline. The first immigrants from Sweden, the Netherlands, the British Isles, and West Africa learned from the Lenape as well as bringing their own traditional dishes from their homelands, which they adapted to the new environment. The exhibition also features artifacts borrowed from the New Jersey State Museum, the American Hungarian Foundation, the Jewish Historical Society of Jersey, and the Hoboken Historical Museum. The exhibition will be on display in the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery from November 12, 2018 to February 28, 2019. The opening program will be held at 4 p.m. in the Scholarly Communication Center Teleconference Lecture Hall on the 4th floor of Alexander Library.
Target Audience: Current Students,  Faculty,  Staff