Public Programs offered through the NSCDA-NJ

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:

NSCDA Historical Activities Committee
“Food for Thought” Season Two

Food for Thought Returns for a Second Season!

The Historical Activities Committee announces the second season of Food for Thought. This year’s theme is “Food Pathways” and we explore the amazing stories of how the foods we know, and love made their way to this country.  Speakers include professors, award winning authors, and culinary historians.   

Friday, April 21, 2023, at 4 PM “American Food from the Colonial Era to Now”.  Yale University History Professor Paul Freedman will launch the season with a fascinating overview of Magazine American cuisine and how it got this way. It’s so much more than hamburgers, hot dogs, and pizza! 

Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItdu6rqTkuHNfCeBZPMsCxHF6swyHi8kBH  

Thursday, May 11, 2023, at 4 PM “The Food Explorer”. Bestselling author and senior editor for National Geographic, Daniel Stone, will recount the story of David Fairchild, a gilded-age food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, and seedless grapes to the American plate. The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, where much of the plant research was done to see if species could be adapted for use in the United States, still exists in Coral Gables, Florida. It is cited frequently as the best botanic garden in the United States. 

Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ld-yppj4jGdG4t3Vi30Q4fjTMFfUeQaX1 

Thursday, September 7,2023 at 4 PM “Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?” Author and lecturer, Constance Kirker, a retired Penn State Art History Professor, will talk about the origins, legends, celebration, production, and health benefits of the beloved cherry tree. 

Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkde2tqDIqG93eG3SI844rX5zZGQdICO_i 

Thursday, November 16, 4 PM “Baby Food and the American Industrial Palate”.  Amy Bentley is Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University. She explores how the invention of commercial baby food shaped American notions of infancy, influenced the evolution of parental and pediatric care, and helped American palates become acclimated to the tastes and textures of highly processed industrial food products. 

Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkd-uqqTktHtWudTF9Xpr-BYA0JE6BuMkM  

NSCDA-NJ Historical Activities Committee
2022-2023 Offerings