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?
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
We met with the esteemed Nikki Silva of The Kitchen Sisters radio show and Hidden Kitchens cookbook fame on Saturday to ask questions about interviewing and publishing. Her excitement for our project infused us with energy. She felt that every generation must explore history and re-frame it for themselves, and so we shall! She encouraged … More Every Generation Must Do This
On Saturday we got to present our project for the first time as a cohesive package to a generous audience – Researches Anonymous at the MAH. At first we weren’t sure if we could fill the hour and a half, but it turns out we had lots of stories to tell! We shared our research process and … More Telling Our Story
The inspiration for this project originally came from an old family recipe book. It was full of recipes handwritten by my great-grandmother 100 years ago. Some of them were from family members such as “Mothers Plum Pudding”, and some of them were from friends and neighbors, “Mrs. Deans Fruit Cake.” I really enjoyed looking through … More On the Topic of Recipes
Hello friends and supporters. I spent the afternoon walking around Live Oak with Norman Poitevin. Norman, along with the Live Oak History Project and the Live Oak Neighbors created several walking tours of Live Oak’s historical landmarks, and of particular interest to this researcher, its poultry history. Live Oak and Santa Cruz raised the second … More Live Oak: The Land of Coops and Co-ops
We are thrilled to announce that we have been granted a Dolkas Award by the Museum of Art and History! From their website: “The Dolkas Award is a competitive research grant awarded annually for original projects that promote the understanding of the history of the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay Area both in the area of intellectual research (publishing: writing/photographic, video, … More Dolkas Grant Awarded to the Heritage Food Project!