On Sunday, August 23, at 2:00 p.m., the Friends of the Mount Carroll District Library will host a webinar (Zoom platform) with Cynthia Clampitt, writer and food historian, discussing How Corn Changed Itself and Then Changed Everything Else. Originally scheduled as an in-person program, the Zoom format has been selected as a safety measure due to the Covid-19 virus.
Cynthia Clampitt has pursued her love of culture, history and food in 37 countries on six continents but in recent years has focused her studies on the American Midwest. She is the author of Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the US Heartland and Heartland Hogs: From Wild Boar to Baconfest.
The story of corn is an epic one. Mesoamerican farmers bred a nondescript grass into a staff of life so prolific that it represents nothing less than one of mankind’s greatest achievements. Clampitt will trace the varied threads that have woven corn into the fabric of our diet, policies, science and cuisine.
This event is being produced in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly through the Illinois Arts Council Agency, as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.
The Friends of the Mount Carroll District Library is an organization that has supported the library for fifteen years through fundraising efforts to advance education, generate community support for the library and maintain the facilities of the library.
Cynthia Clampitt will reveal the history and many facets of corn in this live webinar taking place on Sunday, August 23, at 2:00 p.m. The event is free and open to all audiences. Before joining a Zoom meeting, you can download and install the Zoom app. Otherwise, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link. The meeting ID number is: 892 2592 7187. Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89225927187?pwd=VIFLSVhwc0VwbDRaNEFvcjh4VHZ0UT09
For more information about the How Corn Changed Everything presentation, call the Mount Carroll District Library at 815-244-7715
Organized in 2005, The Friends of the Mount Carroll District Library is comprised of volunteers who support the library and its mission.
Friends of the Mount Carroll District Library meet at 6:00 p.m., on the 1st Tuesday of the month at the library. Friends promote the library’s mission and sponsor events to raise funds for library programs. New members welcome to attend.
The Friends sponsor events throughout the year to raise funds for library programs and, at the same time, promote use of the library to the community.
Membership is open to all wishing to support the library. Persons of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Your financial support and, if you choose, active membership and attendance at meetings will contribute to the continued success of the library's mission of service to the community.
The Friends of the Mount Carroll District Library meets on the first Tuesday of each month at
6:00 p.m. at the Library.
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