Archives for March 2012

Sonja Ingram

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Historic Kitchen Enthusiasts Converge on Combs Hall

ON February 18th, 2012, the historic preservation department hosted its first Mini-Symposium on Historic Virginia Kitchens. The official title, 'Research perspectives on Historic Virginia Kitchens: Architecture, Slavery & Interpretation" became a platform through which preservation faculty, students, alumni and research enthusiasts could share with each other and the general public their expertise regarding historic kitchens. The morning began with the newly-returned Professor Doug Sanford sharing his research on urban slave kitchen architecture and archaeology in Charleston, South Carolina. Professor Sanford explained how the architectural and archaeological evidence of urban kitchens in Charleston had been largely destroyed due to the socioeconomic changes occurring in the area over the past 50 years. Professor Sanford also explained how archaeological clues give insight to the lifeways of slave cooks. Professor Kelley Deetz from Randolph College then took the stage to … [Read more...]