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Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum to present talk on food in American weddings

By Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum





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Norwalk, CT - On Sunday, June 11, 2017, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Avenue in Norwalk, Food Historian Sarah Wassberg will discuss food and its relation to wedding traditions. In her talk, she will illustrate how American weddings went from families in the parlor to today's lavish dinners with dancing.

Topics covered include wedding cakes and the peculiar tradition of souvenir cake, at-home wedding breakfasts and standing receptions, especially the preponderance of sweetbreads on wedding menus prior to 1950, and the post-war professionalization of the wedding industry.

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Sarah Wassberg, 2017, Courtesy of Sarah Wassberg (contributed photo)
Sarah Wassberg holds a Master’s Degree in Public History from the University at Albany, NY and works as the Director of Education at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston, NY. A panel presenter at The Graduate Association For Food Studies, "Future of Food" conference at Harvard University, Wassberg has been a host and sound engineer for History Bites, a food history podcast. She is professionally affiliated with the Culinary Historians of New York.

This will be the third in a series of Sunday Salons by experts in the field of 19th and early 20th centuries’ material and cultural life. This Salon includes a talk, refreshments, and a tour of the first floor of the Mansion; $15 for members, $20 for non-members per session. Refreshments are courtesy of Best in Gourmet. Please RSVP by Thurs, June 8, 2017. The chair of the Lecture Committee is Mimi Findlay of New Canaan.

The Museum’s 2017 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown, LMMM’s 2017 Season Distinguished Benefactors: The Maurice Goodman Foundation, 2017 LMMM Distinguished Benefactors for Education: GE and Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.

Visit lockwoodmathewsmansion.com to purchase tickets or contact info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or call 203-838-9799, ext. 4. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For more information on schedules and programs please visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call 203-838-9799.




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