Featured Exhibition in the National Archives Museum's Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery
What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? The Government’s Effect on the American Diet
Food. We love it, fear it, and obsess about it. We demand that our government ensure that it is safe, cheap, and abundant. In response, the Federal Government has been a factor in the production, regulation, research, innovation, and economics of our food supply. It has also attempted, with varying success, to change the eating habits of Americans. From the farm to the dinner table, explore the records of the National Archives that trace the Government’s effect on what Americans eat. Click here to learn more…
After its successful run at the National Archives’ O’Brien Gallery in Washington, DC, “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” began a national tour in fall 2014 at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum in Atlanta, GA, before heading to the National Archives at New York City May 28-July 6, 2015, the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA October 9-January 3, 2016, and then the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka, KS January 28-May 1, 2016. Check back for updates on locations and dates.
Explore unique historical recipes from the holdings of the National Archives in the award-winning Eating with Uncle Sam: Recipes and Historical Bites from the National Archives, with a message from Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero and an introduction by José Andrés. Michelle Obama’s favorite turkey lasagna, John F. Kennedy’s fish chowder, Queen Elizabeth II’s scones, and Laura Bush’s guacamole are but a taste of the more than 150 recipes and historical tidbits in this fascinating collection from the National Archives.
“What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation and the generous support of Mars, Incorporated.
Past Featured Exhibits
“Spirited Republic” is the National Archives Museum’s latest special exhibition, and explores the role of the government and alcohol in American society.
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Lee Puey You was detained on Angel Island for 20 months before being deported under the Chinese Exclusion Act; 20 years after her first landing in America, she succeeded in becoming a U.S. citizen. Young Rock Fee was placed aboard a ship and deported to China after immigration officials... Read more