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Food, Faith and Fellowship in Colonial New England

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A “Newport Eats” program with Lori Stokes, Ph.D. on April 7th

April 7th, 5:30 pm
at the Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro Street
$5 general admission, $1 NHS members
RSVP to 401-846-0813 x110 or email mdelaire@newporthistory.org

What did breaking bread mean to the Puritan settlers of New England? The Newport Historical Society will host Lori Stokes, Ph.D. for a talk on April 7, 2016 at 5:30pm to answer this question during Food, Faith and Fellowship in Colonial New England as part of the Newport Eats history of food initiative.

The earliest English settlers believed that even the humblest of meals had symbolic meaning and spiritual power. Lori Stokes will explore what food and dining meant to Puritan forebears and offer a better understanding of their definition of community. She will review their practical cooking techniques, some of which persisted in New England for hundreds of years (anyone grow up eating boiled vegetables?), while others persist in new forms—for example, the Puritans were early advocates of eating mindfully. From the spirituality of food to the brass-tacks of cooking in a colonial kitchen, attendees can enter the world of 17th-century Puritan foodways and “sit down” at their tables for a lively conversation.

Lori Stokes, who earned her Ph.D. from Stony Brook University, studies the founding decades of the Massachusetts Bay Colony focusing on the period from 1630-80 when the forms of church and state were put in place that would shape Massachusetts and American history for centuries to come. Dr. Stokes is an editor for The Church Records Transcription Project, a digital history project of the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston led by respected Puritan scholar Dr. James F. Cooper.

This program, which is part of the Society’s 2016 Newport Eats history of food initiative, takes place at the Newport Historical Society’s Resource Center at 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI. General admission costs $5 per person, $1 for Newport Historical Society members and active duty military with ID. Please RSVP to Mat Delaire at 401-846-0813×110 or email mdelaire@newporthistory.org.

Food, Faith and Fellowship in Colonial New England is generously sponsored by the Harborside Inn.

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