Florida Food in the Women's Pages

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Find out why the 1950s and 1960s were considered the “Golden Era” for the women’s pages of newspapers in an engaging multimedia presentation with University of Central Florida professor and Ms Magazine blogger Dr. Kimberly Wilmot Voss, in conjunction with the Matheson History Museum’s Florida’s Global Kitchen exhibit. Dr. Voss will share stories of the newspaper food editors who made Florida the capital of food culture on June 27, 2015, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased in advance or on the day of the event at the Matheson History Museum.For generations information about food was found in the women's section of the newspaper, and in the 1950s and 1960s, the best place to be was Florida. Food was covered in the women’s pages before food sectionsbecame stand-alone sections of their own. Food editors were celebrities and often made home cooks of their communities famous through cooking contests and features. The sections included recipes exchange to find the recipe of a lost dish, creating a kind of crowd sourcing. They also included what new food products were being introduced and what restaurants wereopening. The women’s pages helped make people such as James Beard and Julia Child household names. The editors, who were largely female and typically used a pen name, laid the foundation for the foodie culture of today.Dr. Kimberly Wilmot Voss is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Central Florida. She is the author of The Food Section: Newspaper Women and the Culinary Community (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) and co-author of Mad Men & Working Women: Feminist Perspectives on Historical Power, Resistance and Otherness (Peter Lang, 2014). Voss was the 2014 winner of the Carol DeMasters Service to Food Journalism Award. She also blogs about women’s history and food journalism for Ms Magazine, We’re History and her personal blog, Women’s Page History.

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2:30pm - 3:30pm June 27, 2015 - June 27, 2015


Matheson History Museum
513 East University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601

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