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What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?

Food and diet are kind of like fashion – what was once the “in” thing inevitably returns years later. What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? The Government’s Effect on the American Diet is a new exhibition of National Archives records that looks at America’s love affair with food and nutrition.

It just opened this weekend in Washington, DC. And while it’s a look at the past, you’ll see a lot of our current concerns in the documents and images.


Like this one (1941-1945) – doesn’t it remind you of the new MyPlate that just came out this month?

Here’s another one from the same time frame (1941-1945) that is making headlines again today – the school lunch program.

Even in the early 1900’s (circa 1917-1919), there was a call to eat less sugar.

See what I mean about history repeating itself?

More about the exhibit: What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam lets you see letters, diaries, photos, maps, petitions, films, patents, and proclamations exploring four broad themes: Farm, Factory, Kitchen, and Table. It is free and open to the public, and will be on display in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building through January 3, 2012.

But if you can’t make it to our nation’s capital, no worries. You can still check out some of the National Archives’ collection online here.

I would love to go to DC for this!

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  1. Jody - Fit at 53 June 13, 2011
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