UNION — The use of community cookbooks in women’s politics will be explored at Union Historical Society’s program, Wednesday, October 2, at 7 p.m., in the Old Town House.
Rachel Snell, lecturer at the Honors College, University of Maine, will explain how Margaret Chase Smith’s campaign for the Republican nomination relied on food-related tactics developed by generations of politically motivated women.
Snell will place Smith’s blueberry muffin recipe within a broader historical context of women’s use of recipes to forge into the political sphere with a focus on Maine’s community cookbooks. Efforts to connect with voters through recipes and the criticism Smith received demonstrates how food femininities both constrained women’s civic participation and offered a potential competitive advantage, according to the Historical Society, in a news release.
The Wednesday evening program will also feature Union Historical Society’s recent publication of the Lena Grinnell cookbook, transcribed and assembled by Wanda Garland from recipes written by 15-year-old Grinnell in 1896. Copies of the cookbook will be available for purchase.
Refreshments will be served following the program.
For more information, call 785-5444.