Since its founding in 1891, the NCSDA has worked to preserve our shared American history. The stories we record now will become the shared memories of tomorrow. These stories will allow our descendants to peek into the window of our lives as well as the lives of our ancestors. The Historical Activities Committee of the NSCDA-NJ has begun programs in four areas that would be of interest to all Dames.

The NSCDA-NJ offers select virtual and in-person programs and events to members of peer organizations and the public throughout the year. Some are directly through the New Jersey Dames, and others are hosted by NSCDA National. Check our current offerings below:

Food for Thought

The NSCDA’s National Historic Activities Committee is excited to announce a new program series, “Food for Thought: A Cookbook Story,” four presentations that explore how food permeates, informs, and defines a culture … ours!

Using cookbooks as historical reflections of the past, we’ll unpack a variety of topics using a variety of methods, from performance to lectures. Each will fill about an hour and will be offered on a unique and secure Zoom link.

This NSCDA-sponsored opportunity is free to ALL of our members. Most lectures are also available to the general public for a modest suggested donation. Please click the individual event title for details. Know that you must register for each event separately.

All Stirred Up: Suffrage Cookbooks, Food, and the Battle for Women’s Right to Vote
Laura Kumin, Author
Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 4 p.m. ET

Learn how suffragists used cookbooks and other tools of domesticity to help advance their right to vote.

ElliePresents: Tasting History with the Suffragists
Ellie Carlson, Culinary historian and Collections Manager for the NSCDA-IL, Clarke House Museum
Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 4 p.m. ET

Remotely join a period cooking demonstration using the tools of the early 1900s and discuss local sources of food and food inspiration: recipes!

Batterie de Cuisine
Suzanne Corbett, Culinary historian
Thursday, November 10, 2022, 4 p.m. ET

Enjoy an overview of American 1700s and 1800s kitchens, cookware and other implements used to prepare recipes that appeal to the palate of the period.