Daily Archives: February 8, 2016


Kitchen Conversations & Community Exhibition

Tonight’s Kitchen Conversation is SOLD OUT!

FBetsy C best cropped jpgriday, March 11 │ 7:00pm

The Food Axis: Cooking, Eating, and 1950s Domestic Architecture” with Elizabeth Cromley, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, Northeastern University

Suggested Donation: $15  includes Light Meal of Dipwiches* & Soft Drinks prepared by Chef Valerie Erwin

Reservations REQUIRED.

Professor Cromley will illustrate the changes made to the cooking and dining parts of American houses from earlier 20th century patterns to the new ideas of the 1950s. Changes in family eating patterns, furnishings for dining and kitchen spaces, changes in cooking and preserving food, new tastes in materials and colors, and inventions in foodways all contributed to a sense of modernity.

Elizabeth Cromley taught architectural history in schools of architecture for 40 years until her retirement in 2012. She is now an Emeritus Professor in Northeastern’s School of Architecture. Her book The Food Axis: Cooking, Eating, and the Architecture of American Houses (University of Virginia Press, 2010) examines how houses were shaped by the presence of food and the need to store, preserve, cook, and serve foods from the 1700s to the present.

Chef Valerie Erwin, the driving force behind the Geechee Girl Cafe formerly on Germantown Avenue, is counted among Philadelphia’s pioneering female restauranteurs. With Geechee Girl, Erwin brought the South Carolina Geechee cuisine created by descendants of enslaved Africans to Philadelphia. She is now pursuing other interests including consulting, writing, public speaking, catering, and addressing social justice issues in the hospitality industry.

*Don’t know what a “Dipwich” is? Come find out!


Doug Sanders PhotoFriday, April 15 │ 7:00pm

“Coming to Terms with Slavery’s Kitchen-Quarters” with Douglas Sanford, Ph.D., University of Mary Washington School of Architecture

Suggested Donation: $15 includes light meal of ham biscuits & ice tea prepared by Chef Valerie Erwin

Reservations REQUIRED. Click HERE to reserve or call 215-848-1777, x223

Recent research underscores the importance of kitchen-quarters – an arrangement in which kitchen buildings were also used as living quarters for enslaved servants – in both plantation and city residences. In fact, kitchen-quarters likely comprised the most frequent type of slave housing in American cities and towns.  Doug Sanford will discuss kitchen-quarters, slave households, and how African Americans transformed these buildings and their surrounding yards into important spaces for family and community.  He will also speak about Virginia Slave Housing project’s efforts to promote public awareness of the architecture of American slavery.

Douglas W. Sanford, Professor of Historic Preservation at University of Mary Washington has conducted archaeological research in Brazil, Arizona, Pennsylvania, within Virginia at the Yorktown Battlefield, Monticello, and in the Northern Neck area. While his professional and academic career has centered on historical archaeology, over the last 10 years much of his research has focused on architectural issues of slavery and slave housing in Virginia where he studies surviving slave-related buildings.

Chef Valerie Erwin, the driving force behind the Geechee Girl Cafe formerly on Germantown Avenue, is counted among Philadelphia’s pioneering female restauranteurs. With Geechee Girl, Erwin brought the South Carolina Geechee cuisine created by descendants of enslaved Africans to Philadelphia. She is now pursuing other interests including consulting, writing, public speaking, catering, and addressing social justice issues in the hospitality industry.


chocolatechipbarsFriday, April 225:00 – 8:00pm

“Mixing Memories – Sharing History”

Community Exhibition Opening Reception

Free │ Light Refreshments

Includes opportunity to view Cliveden’s 1767 Kitchen Dependency & 1959 Kitchen

“Mixing Memories – Sharing History,” an exhibit of kitchen objects and recipes on loan from members of our surrounding community, was created through a series of community outreach events with local churches and senior centers including Mt. Airy United Fellowship Church, Center in the Park, and Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley, as well as other outreach activities. The items, recipes, and memories illuminate the many roles kitchens play in our lives.

The exhibit prompts discussion of kitchen spaces over time. What did they look like? Who worked in them? What foods were prepared? What utensils were used? Cliveden, completed in 1767 as a summer home for the wealthy Chew Family, has a 1767 Kitchen Dependency and a 1959 Modern Kitchen. Viewing the Mixing Memories- Sharing History exhibit and the kitchens at Cliveden will spark dialogue among visitors as they remember kitchens, objects, and recipes from their own lives.


kitchenLiving Kitchens at Cliveden is a historic interpretation project supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage that involves the community in preservation and programming for two kitchens at Cliveden – a 1767 Kitchen Dependency that research indicates would have been used as living quarters for enslaved people, and a 1959 pre-fabricated Mid-Century Modern “Kitchen of the Future.” Led by a team of local and community experts, Living Kitchens at Cliveden is involving the community in the process to research and interpret the evolution of design, technology and utility of kitchens over time.

kitchen2Kitchens are a unique indicator of social and cultural change. Cliveden’s kitchens reflect the evolution of a household over 200 years, offering extant examples of kitchen spaces adapted over time. The 1767 Kitchen Dependency building was constructed separately from the main house. The 1959 Kitchen was installed in an 18th century colonnade. By juxtaposing the simultaneous examination of the two kitchens, the project will explore how the past, over three centuries, informs the present.

 


talk The Cliveden Conversations are moderated discussions with activists, scholars and community members about issues involving race, history, and memory. Designed to engage audiences with the latest research while challenging them to perceive history in new ways, with the advent of the Living Kitchens at Cliveden planning process, the Cliveden Conversations have expanded to include the Kitchen Conversations. Created as part of the Emancipating Cliveden Project which received a Leadership Award from the American Association for State & Local History,