The book is here!

On Friday, September 1st, we launched the book! It was an absolute honor to be toasted by the community who encouraged this book along the way. We are so grateful to the Santa Cruz MAH, the Publications Committee, the History Forum, and the Arts Council. What a delight it is to hold the book in our … More The book is here!

Food History: When Research Paths Diverge

Researching food history does not often land you on particularly well-worn paths. For much of the history of historical inquiry, the topic of food was relegated to the category of daily existence and rarely considered as a valid or robust subject. However, we do often see that history records food as a commodity—as it was moved or traded—but those were … More Food History: When Research Paths Diverge

Who is James Brown?

As a music historian of American performers very broadly defined, I think of the “Godfather of Soul” when I hear the name “James Brown.” This founding father of funk produced huge international hit singles, including “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.” As part of the Santa Cruz Heritage Food Project research team, I have learned … More Who is James Brown?

A Fireside Chat

While much of the rest of the country is under a blanket of snow, tonight our group planned a fireside chat evening on the mild-weathered Central Coast. We met at the base of Deleveaga Park and watched the sun set with local beers in hand and grins on our faces. We were happy not only … More A Fireside Chat