Exhibits at the National Archives at Kansas City
Welcome Center and Theater
Curious about what the National Archives is and what it does? Learn about the National Archives and its role in preserving America’s heritage in the short film Democracy Starts Here. Make souvenir rubbings of famous signatures from the archives. Use the interactive kiosk to learn about the National Archives across America, and get information on upcoming special events, lectures, genealogy classes, book-signings, and programs for children.
January 7, 2014 – August 16, 2014
On Tuesday, January 7, 2014, the National Archives at Kansas City will open a new exhibit. What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?: The Government’s Effect on the American Diet is an exhibition of records from the holdings of the National Archives that traces the ways that food has occupied the hearts and minds of Americans and their government. What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? is free and open to the public.
What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? offers visitors the chance to examine letters, diaries, photos, maps, petitions, films, patents, and proclamations from the food-related collection of the National Archives. Instead of a traditional chronological approach, the exhibition explores four broad themes: Farm, Factory, Kitchen, and Table.
The Government’s efforts to inspire, influence, and control what Americans eat have led to unexpected consequences, dismal failures, and life-saving successes. Records in the National Archives trace the origins of the programs and legislation aimed at ensuring that the American food supply is ample, safe, and nutritious. The records also reflect the effects the government has had on our food choices and preferences. At turns comic (blindfolded turkey tasting experiments) and tragic (lab notes on toxic candy), these records reveal the evolution of our beliefs and feelings about food. They convey the desperate voices of depression-era farmers, and explain how the government got into the business of publishing recipes for ham shortcake and teaching housewives to can peaches.
What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? will be available for viewing Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00am-4:00pm. To schedule a group tour call 816-268-8013 or email email@example.com.