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Military Monday.

May 16, 2011
WWII-era poster courtesy of the National Archives

This Military Monday I wanted to share something new with you all. Starting June 10, 2011, the National Archives in Washington D.C. will be opening a new exhibit called “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” The Government’s Effect on the American Diet. In addition to viewing Jackie Kennedy‘s menu for state dinners & President Johnson‘s Pedernales River chili recipe, you can see answers to the following:

  • What made canned meat, ketchup and candy so dangerous at the time of the Industrial Revolution?
  • Why did Frank Meyer, foreign plant explorer, go from the vast grasslands of Manchuria to the tiger-patrolled mountains of Siberia in search of new foods?
  • What did President Lyndon Johnson serve at White House State dinners?
  • Why were some government volunteers called the “Poison Squad”?
  • How can donuts improve morale?
  • What was Queen Elizabeth’s recipe for scones?

“What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” offers visitors the chance to examine letters, diaries, photos, maps, petitions, films, patents, and proclamations from the food-related collection of the National Archives. Instead of a traditional chronological approach, the exhibition explores four broad themes: Farm, Factory, Kitchen, and Table.

Anyway, it seems interesting to me, and I’m sad I’m nowhere near D.C. so I can’t see it. If any of my readers go, I wanna hear all about it (or maybe see some pics?).

But on a more important note… please remember our soldiers today. I’m taking  a break from listing names for today, so if you want to read through older MM’s, then feel free to view the archives.

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