Things We Like

Food History News, a newsletter for the serious food history buff (write to: FOOD HISTORY NEWS, 1061 Main Road, Islesboro, ME 04848. 1-year $15.00) A recent issue included articles about the origens of Graham Gems and Bran Muffins; sources for reproduction cookware and hardware; and the history of the Blue Plate Special.

One of Hermann-Grima's dedicated volunteer cooks recommends the International Dutch Oven Society website. IDOS is a non-profit organization which promotes the art and skill of Dutch oven cooking--something open-hearth cooks practice every day. The site includes Cookoff Locations, Recipes, Cookbooks, and Links.

Alice Ross Hearth Studios, Inc., at 15 Prospect Street, Smithtown, NY 11787. Dr. Ross has worked as a consultant with us here at Hermann-Grima/Gallier Houses; at her address in New York she offers a variety of classes on food history topics such as "Civil War Cookery: The North and the South," and "Food History in Museum and Classroom." The phone number is (516) 265-9335.

The Conner Prarie website is a wonderful introduction to this fine living history site.

ALHFAM is the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums. The website is interesting in itself, and also contains some excellent links.

The Louisiana Historical Society was founded in 1835 and continues to be an active friend of historical research. The website summarizes LHS activities, which include the sponsorship of 8 public lectures each year on Louisiana history, and the presentation of an annual Creole Family Symposium. Website visitors can also search the Society's archive collection to view, for instance, an 1834 issue of the Southern Literary Messenger ("devoted to every department of literature and the fine arts").

AfriGeneas is a wonderful website with the goal "to encourage and support all African ancestored individuals and families to begin and continue researching their roots." Visitors can search a database of 10,000+ African American surnames; search the incredible Slave Data Collection; subscribe to the Mailing List; and also use the list of links to connect to other African American genealogical resources on the Web.

United States Historical Census Data Browser allows visitors to browse population statistics as far back as 1790. The site is a project of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

The American Memory section of the Library of Congress website is the webmaster's current favorite place on the internet. One can pull up little movies of ancient dance steps, read reminiscences of life in 19th century America, and even view a photograph of a cistern in the Louisiana countryside of the 1930's. Neat stuff!

This page last updated September 11, 2002.

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