Ephemera 34 “Food and Drink – From Field to Table”

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Announcement ImageAnnouncement Date : March 14, 2014

2014 (March 14-16, Old Greenwich, CT)

This year’s ephemera conference features discussions on food history, garden seeds, horticultural ephemera, handwritten recipes, 19th century cultural memory, wine label design, the history of cocktails, the evolution of food distribution, mid-19th century product advertising, Thanksgiving postcards, preserving ephemera, Southwest Virginia recipes. For more see the complete list of topics below.


William Woys Weaver, Ph.D.: “Culinary Ephemera - The Paper Trails of American Social History” [EJ v16n3 (May 2014), 24]

Dr. William Woys Weaver is an internationally known food historian and the author of 16 books including Culinary Ephemera: An Illustrated History (2010) which won the 2011 IACP Cookbook Award for Culinary History, and in addition, a gold medal for book design. Weaver received his Ph.D. in food ethnography from University College (Dublin), Ireland and lives in the historic Lamb Tavern in Devon, Pennsylvania.


Stephen Miller: “Shaker Seeds” [EJ v16n3 (May 2014), 1, 5-10]

M. Stephen Miller has been a member of the Ephemera Society since the second year of its founding, serving on the Board for five years, two as Chairman. He has collected, researched, displayed, written about, and lectured on Shaker ephemera since 1978. The comprehensive Miller Collection of more than 14,000 individual items has been the basis for a number of publications, most recently Inspired Innovations: A Celebration of Shaker Ingenuity (2010) published by University Press of New England.


Michael A. Russo: “Tomatoes - A to Z” [EJ v16n3 (May 2014), 11-15]

Michael Russo, a visual artist, retired art educator, master gardener, floral designer, organic “gentleman farmer” and Vice President of the National Valentine Collectors Association is an avid supporter of the “Farm to Table “ and “Slow Flowers” movements. He is owner of Trout Lily Farm, recently featured in Organic Gardening Magazine. His ephemera collections have been featured in Martha Stewart Living Wedding
magazine and he has
appeared with Stewart in a television segment on the
Victorian Language of Flowers.


Elizabeth Young: “Remedies to Recipes”

After spending many years in the kitchen, Elizabeth Young has jumped out of the fire and into the steamy world of Antiquarian book selling. Gaining a tremendous amount of knowledge from her father, Roy Young of RoYoung Bookseller Inc., Elizabeth has a gig of her own, specializing in anything and everything associated with the wonderful world of food and drink.


Henry Voigt: “What’s on the Menu?” [EJ v16n3 (May 2014), 165-20]

Henry Voigt enjoyed a 38-year career with DuPont, including a memorable assignment in Hong Kong. In the 1990s, he began collecting menus as a result of his interests in food, culture, and the history of everyday life.


John G. Sayers: “Dining at Sea”


Michael Osborne: “The Art of the Wine Label”

Michael Osborne is President and Creative Director of the San Francisco firm, Michael Osborne Design. Established in 1981, the firm’s work in brand identity  and package design has garnered awards from all major competitions, and has been recognized by many industry publications, including a feature article in Communication Arts, 2011. Michael’s work is included in the permanent collections of the San Francisco MOMA, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.


Don Lindgren: "An Invitation to Cocktails”

Don Lindgren is a lifelong antiquarian bookseller, and the owner of Rabelais, Fine Books on Food & Drink. Rare cocktail books and ephemera is a specialty of Rabelais, and he continues work on a descriptive bibliography of American Cocktail Books.


Leslie M. Behm and Shirley Brocker Sliker: “Little Cookbooks”

Shirley Brocker Sliker is a retired bookseller with a special interest in culinary ephemera. Leslie M. Behm is a librarian at Michigan State University Special Collections Unit providing oversight of the Little Cookbooks collection and website.


Donald Zaldin: “The Illusion of 19th-Century Advertising - A Tale of Two Classes”

Donny Zaldin, a co-founder of The Ephemera Society of Canada, serves on the Board of The Ephemera Society of America and has presented at previous conferences on the Dionne Quintuplets, Currier & Ives, and the bicycle. He is an active Sherlockian, his most recent article being “The Origins of the Cipher in The Dancing Men” in the spring 2013 issue of Magic Door, the quarterly journal of the Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Society of the Toronto Public Library.


Daniel Gifford, Ph.D.: “Star-Spangled Turkeys - Patriotic Metaphors in Thanksgiving Postcards” [EJ v17n1 (Sep 2014), 14-18]

Dr. Gifford is an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University, Department of History and Art History. He is Program Manager at the Smithsonian Institution.


Mark Rucker and Allison Moore: “The Rucker Archive -Preserving the Past”

Mark Rucker, a renowned collector, photo archivist and baseball historian, and Allison Moore, Managing Director of the Rucker Archive, are also organic farmers at Ravens’ View Farm, Peachland, British Columbia.


Gail McMillan: “Dear Nannie … yours devotedly, Charlie” [EJ v16n3 (May 2014), 24-25]

Gail McMillan, Director and Professor, University Libraries at Virginia Tech is co author of the story of Nannie Fidget’s chronicle of mid 19th century Southwest Virginia through her diary, recipes and correspondence.

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