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October 22, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Civic Center Auditorium
401 S. Balsam
Moses Lake, WA 98837
Harriet Baskas
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Fall Speaker Series: The Ancient Fruitcake: What Really, Really Old Food Tells Us about History, Culture, Love and Memory with Harriet Baskas

Monday, October 22, 2018

The Ancient Fruitcake: What Really, Really Old Food Tells Us about History, Culture, Love and Memory with Harriet Baskas

Date: October 22, 2018 - Monday
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Civic Center Auditorium, 401 S. Balsam
Partner: Moses Lake Public Library
Sponsor: Humanities Washington

This talk is not about the old leftovers in the fridge. It is about food that is so old, so unusual, or so meaningful, that no one dares throw it away. Discover the foods archeologists have found buried with mummies, the petrified banana so appealing that it sparked a Banana Museum, the 350-year-old fruitcake handed down through generations, 2000-year-old bog butter; and the pickle that has been in a jar since the 1860’s. During this “chew and chat,” author and broadcaster Harriet Baskas explores how and why these and other formerly fresh foods may have been forgotten, intentionally tucked away, or preserved due to unusual or peculiar circumstances. And, more importantly, we’ll talk about how these and other vintage vittles can and do hold memories, tell stories, and connect us with family, culture, and history.

Harriet Baskas has a Masters in Communications from the University of Washington, and has served as the general manager for three community radio stations in Oregon and Washington. She is the author of seven books, including Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You, and has created award-winning radio programs on topics as varied as cowgirls, unusual museums, aging boomers, and the Seattle World’s Fair for National Public Radio and regional public radio stations. Seattle based, she currently writes about airports, air travel, museums, and other topics for NBC News, CNBC, USA Today, and other outlets. Baskas lives in Seattle.

The Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Washington via the Office of the Secretary of State, the Satterberg Foundation, the Women’s History Consortium, The Boeing Company, the Norcliffe Foundation, and generous contributions from other businesses, foundations, and individuals.