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What’s Cooking Uncle Sam?

What’s Cooking Uncle Sam? The Government’s Effect on the American Diet. In the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, National Archives Building, Washington, DC, June 10,2011-January 3, 2012
What’s Cooking Uncle Sam?
An Exhibition at the National Archives through January 3, 2012 

The National Archives just opened a new exhibit “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” which is intended to “explore the records of the National Archives that trace the Government’s effect on what Americans eat.” The Home page has links to Exhibit information (hours, directions) as well as Exhibit Events.
This exhibit has been reported favorably in the New York Times (available through free subscription) and the Washington Post.
(Tip of the hat to the folks at  Government Book Talk for the information.)

If you cannot make it to DC, a few highlights, including videos,  are available online at

From the Preview tab

  • Farm link includes historical images and an historical video of the roles of USDA stations
  • Table link includes historical images and a video on ” how the Government has affected our eating habits and its unintentional effects on the American appetite”
  • Factory link includes historical images and a video on “how Government regulation of food processing and labeling evolved after the industrial revolution.”

June 22, 2011 - Posted by | Educational Resources (High School/Early College(, Nutrition | , , , ,

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