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Food for Thought: Modernizing Food Programs in Historic House Museums

Project by Katharine Anthony (2019)

Historic House museums, struggle with relevancy as they focus on the past community while often times unintentionally ignoring their present community. Although many historic house museums are beginning to work more on their community outreach and engagement, the rich history of food programming seems to be relegated to the back burners. The purpose of this project was to develop an adaptable cooking program kit that utilizes older recipes with modern cooking techniques. This program kit is for the Tolt Historical Society in Carnation Washington to implement with their new museum, and was based on recipes from their collections. This program kit has examples of recipes and marketing materials as well as information on how to make a sustainable modern food program. The intention of this project is to inspire historic house museums and other historic sites to modernize their programming to aid in creating connections between the past and the present.



Anthony, K. (2019). Food for Thought: Modernizing Food Programs in Historic House Museums. Unpublished master’s project, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.