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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 | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Food Museum Online

The Food Museum Online is a tax exempt educational organization devoted to food history and food issues.

Information is offered through online exhibits, book reviews, educational programs, and more.

The Food Museum Online: a tax-exempt 501 c-3

The museums major offerings

  • Food History Online Exhibits includes permanent, special, and seasonal exhibits on specific foods. Items  have short historical descriptions accompanied by colorful historical images
  • The Issues page presents definitions and overviews of selected food issues as factory farming and school lunch reform.
  • The Global Food Heritage Project identifies the places connected with our food heritage and spotlights the people who continue to preserve these sites today.
  • The Fun page includes links to puzzles, quizzes, and exhibits.

Some Web pages at this site are in progress and the information on most pages consists mainly of overviews.

However this is a great starting place for food issue information which could engage many middle and junior high students.

January 27, 2011 Posted by | Educational Resources (High School/Early College(, Public Health | , , | Leave a comment


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