A Taste of the Past: Gathering Montana's Food Heritage
- Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9:30am to 4:30pm
- Pella Lutheran Church in Sidney, Montana
The Montana Historical Society (MHS) and the Center for Western Lands and Peoples at Montana State University (CWLP) have received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct a community project focused on gathering materials documenting the food culture and food heritage of Richland and Roosevelt counties.
As part of the grant, a team of historians and students from the MHS and CWLP will host A Taste of the Past: Gathering Montana's Food Heritage, a community-based effort to collect and preserve the history of producing, preserving, cooking, and eating food in Richland and Roosevelt counties. The event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 15 at Pella Lutheran Church in Sidney, Montana.
Area residents are invited to bring traditional recipes, community cookbooks, historic photographs and documents of food related events, menus, records of home demonstration clubs, and artifacts related to food preparation and preservation. The team will scan and gather information about the documents and artifacts that speak to the history of the region’s local food customs.
“We are excited to discuss the importance of this grant as well as to invite Richland and Roosevelt County residents to share their food heritage on September 15,” said Mary Murphy, professor of history.
Throughout the event, MHS and CWLP staff will present programs on Montana food history and preservation techniques for artifacts, cookbooks, and photographs. Participants will retain the original items and will receive a digital image of the items on a thumb drive. The digital images will be made available on the Montana Memory Project.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit
- Western Lands and Peoples Center