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Topic — Preserving Iowa’s Food Traditions through the Iowa Community Cookbook Collection

Speaker — Diana Shonrock

The study of families/genealogy crosses a variety of topic areas close to who we are as cultures and families. ISU’s Community Cookbook collection illustrates how some of our food traditions link and are linked to who we are and how we have grown, changed, and adapted as ethnic cultures and families.

This collection contains about 5,000 pre-1975 archival cookbooks from Iowa organizations, individual families, and historic figures. This presentation will introduce the collection and discuss its historic value and impact on today.



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The presentation will also be played live on a screen in the Rotary Room.

A handout for this presentation is available here.


Presented in partnership with Ames Public Library and the Story County Genealogical Society.

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