Smithsonian Brings FeastGAMBIER, Ohio (August 20, 2007) The table is set for a Smithsonian Institution exhibition in
"This exhibition is designed to appeal to a wide variety of audiences of all ages, backgrounds and experiences," said Howard Sacks, director of the
The exhibition is a sophisticated look at the regional traditions, immigrant contributions, and social celebrations related to food, said John Chidester, director of the Knox County library system. Five major displays, up to nine feet in height, will fill the first floor. "It's almost like walking through the halls of the Smithsonian," he said. "It's obviously a major feather in our cap. It's easily the biggest thing we've ever done."
And Kenyon deserves a large portion of the credit for landing the exhibition, Chidester said.
Sacks initiated pursuit of the exhibition, which will reach eight venues in
"We thought that by getting people to think more about the food they eat, and where food comes from, and how food relates to culture and family history, (the exhibition) would support a more general effort to get people to consider buying food locally," Sacks said.
The free exhibition will be open Sept. 1-29, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays at the library, 201 North Mulberry St., Mount Vernon.
Sacks will kick off a series of special events at the library with a brown-bag chat on "The Culture of Food" at noon on Sept. 5. These are the other events at the main library:
Workshop on "Food for Thought: Bringing Life and Meaning to Artifacts" with J.D. Britton of the Ohio Humanities Council and Sacks; all day, Sept. 7.
"Local Delicacies" presentation by LuAnn Duncan of the Cooperative Extension Service; 4 p.m., Sept. 12.
Book discussion on Sara's Table: Keeping House in
Brown-bag chat on "The Great Depression and World War II Recipes" from Sara's Table: Keeping House in
"Favorite Food Establishments" presentation by Jim Gibson of the Knox County Historical Society; 7 p.m., Sept. 25.
Brown-bag chat on "Local Foods" with John Marsh of the
In addition, executive chef Paul Higgins will present "Journey in Taste" at the Gambier Community Library, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 4; the Danville Public Library, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 11; and the Fredericktown Community Library, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 18.