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“The Cup That Cheers: Drinking in the 18th Century” with Dr. Gretchen Sorin
November 11, 2015 (Philadelphia) Join us for a Kitchen Conversation,”The Cup That Cheers: Drinking in the 18th Century” with Dr. Gretchen Sorin,December 4, 7:00pm at Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144. Suggested donation: $15 includes tasting of 18th century style wines. Space is limited. Reservations required – click HERE or call 215-848-1777.
Americans in the 18th century avoided water which could often be tainted and embraced spirituous beverages. This talk and slideshow discusses American’s fondness for alcohol, how it almost led to the disbanding of the Continental Army and the origins of our current interest in wine. Included are tastings of 18th century style wines, Haymakers’ Switchel, a non-alcoholic drink, and Tavern Biscuits made from an 18th century recipe.
About Dr. Gretchen Sorin
Dr. Sorin is the Director and Distinguished Professor of Museum Studies of the Cooperstown Graduate Program, NY. She is a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and a Fellow of the New York Academy of History. Her publications include Touring Historic Harlem: Four Walks in Northern Manhattan, and her curatorial credits include the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition “In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” . Dr. Sorin’s professional acknowledgements include the Katherine Coffey Award, 2009, and SUNY Chancellor’s Research Recognition Award, 2005.
About Living Kitchens at Cliveden
Cliveden has received a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage for Living Kitchens at Cliveden, a planning process for the restoration and activation of the 1767 Kitchen Dependency and the 1959 pre-fabricated Mid-Century Modern Kitchen both located on the property. This fall the award-winning Cliveden Conversations on race, history, and memory in Philadelphia are focusing on kitchens as indicators of social change. The Kitchen Conversations feature evenings with leaders in the fields of history and historic foodways. All events include tastings or meals.
Kitchens 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. Preliminary research indicates this building may have served as living quarters for enslaved workers.The 1959 Mid-Century Modern pre-fabricated “Kitchen of the Future” 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. Living Kitchens at Cliveden is generously supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
About the Cliveden Conversations
The Cliveden Conversations are moderated discussions with activists, scholars and community members about issues surrounding race, history, and memory. The Cliveden Conversations engage audiences with the latest research while challenging them to perceive history in new ways. The Cliveden Conversation series was created as part of the Emancipating Cliveden Project which received a Leadership Award from the American Association for State & Local History.