Harrison Cake to Blueberry Muffins

History talk: Women’s use of recipes to forge into political sphere

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    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.


    Event Date: 

    Wed, 10/02/2019 - 7:00pm

    Event Location: 

    The Old Town House


    128 Town House Road
    Union  Maine
    United States