PENNSBURG PA – Candace Perry, a curator for the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, 105 Seminary St., will talk Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2023) about 20th century Pennsylvania Dutch foods. The noon session is part of the center’s monthly Brown Bag Lecture series.
Perry, the library reported, will take “a nostalgic look back at the quirky and fun world of Pennsylvania Dutch restaurants, cookbooks, and kitschy foods of the 1900s.” The program, as well as admission to the center, its library, and museum, is free to attend and open to the public.
Her topic, “Eat Yourself Full: The Pennsylvania Dutch Food Experience in the Twentieth Century,” coincides with a current library exhibit titled “A Culinary Journey from Germany to Pennsylvania.”
Modern restaurants, and several restaurant chains, for years have made a booming business by offering a variety of menu choices on all-you-can-eat buffets at fixed prices. Those somewhat recent dining “traditions,” though, are firmly rooted in more than 100 years of history.
The 1900s was when city dwellers exploring the Lancaster County countryside “discovered” and enjoyed Pennsylvania Dutch foods themselves. Then, as today, most raved about the home-made culinary experience. Clever entrepreneurs quickly recognized it as a commercial opportunity.
Perry’s talk, delivered in person at the center, also will be available virtually for those wanting to avoid travel. Call the Schwenkfelder at 215-679-3103, or send an e-mail to email@example.com, to reserve your place and get a Zoom link. More information about the exhibit, and its accompanying programs, is available online.
The Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center operates Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sundays, 1-4 p.m.