Monthly Archives: February 2016

Food History in the News (#1): Bread Substitutions in War-time

Recent conversations with students and a book I finished not too long ago have given me a case of “substitution” on the brain. In other words, during World War I and II, what was taking the place of standard ingredients, or even processes, that were rationed or needed elsewhere (sugar, flour, meat, and even alcohol)? […] Continue reading

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The Man, the Myth, the Mascot: Floyd H. Meade, Virginia Tech’s First Mascot Performer

Floyd “Hardtimes” Meade. Many of you Hokie fans may know that name. We’ve mentioned him on this blog before in “Thanksgiving traditions at Virginia Tech” and When Orange Became The New Black (and Maroon the New Gray). He’s best remembered as the university’s first mascot performer, who dressed up as a clown in orange and […] Continue reading

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Just What Does Mrs. Fisher Know?

It’s hard to believe it, but March is almost here. As a transition post to move us from Black History Month to Women’s History Month, I thought this week, we might talk about Mrs. Fisher. In 1881, the Women’s Co-Operative Printing Office in San Francisco published What Mrs. Fisher Knows about Old Southern Cooking. A couple […] Continue reading

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Upcoming Event on March 11, 2016: “Cookery, Cocktails, Chores, and Cures: Food History in Special Collections”

Join us on Friday, March 11 at 3 pm for “Cookery, Cocktails, Chores, and Cures: Food History in Special Collections” Archivist Kira Dietz will talk about the history and evolution of the History of Food and Drink Collection and will share American culinary history, classic and unique recipes, and creative uses of collection materials. This […] Continue reading

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A Monday Morning Recipe (#2)

Good morning! It’s post #2 in our new “Monday Morning Recipe” series. This week, it’s all about the mince pies: From: Rundell, Maria Eliza Keelby. A New System of Domestic Cookery: Formed Upon Principles of Economy. London: John Murray, 1816. Full text available online: https://digitalsc.lib.vt.edu/HFDBooks/TX715.R94_1816. Continue reading

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Celebrate Fair Use Week with the University Libraries at VT – Feb. 22-26!

The University Libraries are excited to announce our first annual Fair Use Week celebration! Starting on Monday February 22nd, Fair Use Week is an event to “celebrate the important doctrines of fair use in the United States and fair dealing … Continue reading Continue reading

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Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute: 1915

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is, geographically speaking, a large entity. We have campuses in multiple locations, research centers throughout the state, and Virginia Cooperative Extension (which includes 107 county and city offices, 11 agricultural research and Extension centers, and six 4-H educational centers). Here in Blacksburg, there are more than 135 buildings, an airport, […] Continue reading

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Soul Food, Soul Food Cookbook Sampler

Continuing on some of our Black History Month theme, I thought this week I’d offer a “soul food sampler.” Our collection contains a variety of African-American contributions to food history, but not, perhaps as we might like. There are a number of particular items on our wish list for the History of Food & Drink […] Continue reading

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Virginia Tech / Cape Peninsula University of Technology Exchange Program: Second Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals, Second Year Virginia Tech (VT) University Libraries and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Libraries Library Faculty and Staff Exchange Program Grants APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2016 Funding Period: Fall or Spring semesters, 2016/2017 academic year. Preference given to research projects in the months of November 2016 or February 2017 (in order to make use of the […] Continue reading

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Save the Date: March 11, 2016

Just a quick “save the date” (more information, including a flyer, will be forthcoming soon!). The Peacock Harper Culinary History Friends are hosting a talk on Friday, March 11, 2016 at 3pm. It’s by your archivist/blogger Kira.  (Shameless self-promotion, I know!) If you’re the Blacksburg area, consider joining us for: “Cookery, Cocktails, Chores, and Cures: Food […] Continue reading

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