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A Taste of Democracy: Federal Cake, Liberty Tea, and Culinary Activism in the Early Republic

Moderated by Stratford Hall’s Director of Programming, Education, and Visitor Engagement Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz,, join us October 3 for virtual slices of Federal Cake and a cup of Liberty Tea as we explore links among food, drink, and politics in the years surrounding the American Revolution.

Program supported by a grant from Virginia Humanities.

About the Presenter

Nancy Siegel is Professor of Art History and Culinary History at Towson University and specializes in American landscape studies, print culture, and culinary history of the 18th and 19th centuries. Currently, she is completing the manuscript Political Appetites: Revolution, Taste, and Culinary Activism in the Early Republic and is curating the international exhibition, Curious Taste: The Transatlantic Appeal of Satire (2023). She provides historical cooking demonstrations and lectures widely on American culinary history in addition to serving as a culinary consultant for museums and non-profit institutions.

Dr. Siegel led the seminar “Culinary Culture: The Politics of American Foodways, 1765-1900” for the Center for Historic American Visual Culture at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA and served as a curatorial consultant via a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to generate new interpretive content for the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill, NY. She has authored/edited The Cultured Canvas: New Perspectives on American Landscape Painting; River Views of the Hudson River School; Within the Landscape: Essays on Nineteenth-Century American Art and Culture; Along the Juniata: Thomas Cole and the Dissemination of American Landscape Imagery; and The Morans: The Artistry of a Nineteenth-Century Family of Painter-Etchers. Her work has appeared in Gastronomica, The Burlington Magazine, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, and she has been the recipient of numerous research grants and fellowships including: Scholar in Residence at the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany; Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture- Georgian Papers Programme Fellowship, Windsor Castle, Windsor, UK; Terra Foundation for American Art; New England Regional Fellowship Consortium: Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Massachusetts Historical Society, Connecticut Historical Society, Historic Deerfield; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the American Antiquarian Society; Yale University; Winterthur Museum & Country Estate; the Massachusetts Historical Society; the Culinary Historians of Chicago; the New York Public Library; The Furthermore Foundation; and the State of New York. 

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Free for Friends of Stratford.

After registering for the webinar, attendees will receive an automated confirmation email with connection instructions. We program will take place via Zoom, which is available for free download here: https://zoom.us/download.

A National Historic Landmark, Stratford Hall is home to the Lees of Virginia and is located in the Northern Neck of Virginia. Nestled along the Potomac River, Stratford Hall’s nearly 2,000 acres comes to life through the presentation and preservation of the 18th-century Great House, vibrant gardens, natural trails revealing breathtaking river views, and the stories of all who lived here.