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Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit Comes to River Falls

“Key Ingredients,” a traveling exhibition on the history and culture of food in America, will open Friday, January 28th at the River Falls Public Library. I am looking forward to joining community members in welcoming the exhibit to our area at a kick-off celebration at the library on Friday at 1:00pm.

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the evolution of food production and consumption throughout the history of America and also discover how food has impacted our culture right here in Western Wisconsin. Special events will include cooking demonstrations, film screenings for adults and children, etiquette classes, and off-site activities including fitness level assessments, food samplings, and a brewery tour. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, visitors will be encouraged to participate in a recipe exchange by submitting a favorite family or local recipe and taking home a new favorite.

The exhibit is being brought to Wisconsin by “Museum on Main Street,” a partnership of the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils. River Falls will host the exhibit January 28 - March 11, 2011 before it travels to Westfield, WI.