Have plans to vacation in Washington D.C. this summer? In addition to your White House tour and visit to the Smithsonian, you may want to add a new exhibit at the National Archives to your itinerary.
What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? The Government’s Effect on the American Diet offers a thoughtful selection of records that trace the ways that food has occupied the hearts and minds of Americans and their government. From Revolutionary War rations to Cold War cultural exchanges, these documents, films, and photographs in the exhibition echo many of our current concerns about the Government’s role in the health and safety of our food supply.
There are over 100 original records in the exhibit, including folk songs, war posters, educational films, and even seed packets. Eschewing the traditional chronological approach, the exhibition is arranged into four themes: Farm, Factory, Kitchen, and Table.
What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? is made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives with support from Mars Incorporated and Mars Food. It will be on exhibit at the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington from June 10, 2011 through January 3, 2012.
Here’s a video “trailer” to give you a sneak peek at what you’ll see there.