When I was at Zingerman's Roadhouse during their fabulous Harvest Dinner, I ran into the delightful Jan Longone, curator of American Culinary History at the Clements Library. She told me about her latest exhibition at the Clements Library called "The Old Girl Network: Charity Cookbooks and the Empowerment of Women."
Cookbooks were one of the early means women used to communicate and advocate for important women's issues, such as suffrage and education. So check out this exhibit of cookbooks, cartoons, and ads to see "the politics just under every woman’s nose (and, often, behind many men’s backs)."
Jan will be giving a lecture on Sunday, September 21 from 3:00 - 5:00 (and she's a good speaker). The exhibition will be opened for pre-lecture viewing at 2:30 on the 21st. It's open now, M-F from 1pm - 4:45pm and runs through October 3, 2008.
William L. Clements Library
909 S. University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI