Cultural food memories will be the topic of an upcoming presentation at the Salina Art Center.
“Tasting the Past: Exploring Kansas Food Memories,” a presentation and discussion by Louise Hanson, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Salina Art Center, 242 S. Santa Fe. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program and explore “Eyes to Acres: Cultivating Food Culture” in the education gallery.
For years, ethnic groups in Kansas have used food to maintain connections to the past. The Greek Orthodox of Overland Park observe communion with special bread called prosfero. Communities near Lindsborg remember their Swedish homeland with food celebrations that feature pickled herring, codfish, and lingonberries. This presentation will explore food traditions from a number of ethnic populations in Kansas, including German, Czech, Italian, Jewish, and others.
Hanson is a retired librarian and researcher with more than 500 Kansas cookbooks in her collection.
“Food shapes personal and social identity and ties us to the cultural past,” Hanson said. “This presentation explores the diverse ethnic food traditions in Kansas as expressed in community cookbooks over the years.”
“Tasting the Past: Exploring Kansas Food Memories” is part of Humanities Kansas’ Movement of Ideas Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and workshops designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement. Visit www.salinaartcenter.org for more information.