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Food Fads – 1940s through the 1960s

July 20@7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Presented by Leslie Goddard, Ph.D.  Remember Jell-O salads and cheese sprayed out of a cab? When every pantry held Velveeta and all the kids wanted to drink Tang like the astronauts?  Join historian and author Leslie Goddard for a nostalgic look at the food innovations and marketing approaches that transformed how we ate at midcentury. Using classic cookbooks, advertisements, and family magazines, explore how society and technology shaped American food from the 1940’s through the 1960s. Leslie Goddard has previously…

VOYAGEURS: Indigenous People, the Fur Trade & Early Chicago (Virtual Chautauqua Performance)

August 17@7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Living Historian Jon F. Rice performs as French Canadian fur trader and voyageur, Francois Le Mai, as he and his friend Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable arrive by canoe to early Chicago. Although nothing more than a little swamp filled with wild garlic and a muddy river running through it, businessman DuSable grasps the importance of that stream: “It’s location, my friend!” Through music, song, and dance, we learn of the Meti-society (Creole culture) of Chicago, and why DuSable, a fur…

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