The Way We Ate

Following the Historic Fort Steilacoom annual meeting, food historian Jacqueline B. Williams, author of The Way We Ate, Pacific Northwest Cooking, 1843-1900 (WSU Press) will make a presentation on Sunday, November 15th.
Jacqueline plans to share with us what would have been available in Steilacoom and its environs to observe Thanksgiving on November 26, 1863, and how the meal would have been most likely prepared.
In her book she describes cooking and dining practices from the earliest years of settlement to the time when railroads transported the latest ingredients and utensils, shedding significant light on a mundane aspect of our past.
In early October of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued his proclamation calling on the nation to observe a day of Thanksgiving on the last Thursday in November. This proclamation is credited with establishing Thanksgiving as a national holiday.
This presentation will follow short reports and election of officers. To register for the annual membership meeting and/or the lecture, email [email protected].
This public program is funded in part by the City of Lakewood Lodging Tax Grant.  Donations are always welcome and can be made through our website,