1855 Recipe Book – Taste of the Past


by Halle Forbes, Student Assistant Need some new recipes to test out? JMU Libraries’ JMuse Café is hosting a presentation all about food originating right here in the Shenandoah Valley. The presentation will be held in Rose Library on January 28th at 6:30pm. The presentation and discussion will include the history of over 80 handwritten, classic recipes, from how to make a cheap white cake and coconut pudding, to how to remove ink stains. These timeless techniques will be read and discussed. In addition, Chef Tassie Pippert will present selected recipes of main dishes and desserts for all to sample. Many of these recipes are found in a Shenandoah Valley recipe book from 1855 found in JMU’s Special Collections. Although the authors of the cookbook are unknown, the recipes live on even today, as this event showcases. The Cookbook is believed to have been written in Rockingham County. This book is significant as it predates the Civil War. Materials from that time period, such as this handwritten, family resource, are not widely available. JMU’s Special Collections purchased this book from the estate of Lois Gaynor, of Elkton, Virginia, in an auction. The recipes have been transcribed by Mark S. Purington, Continue reading 1855 Recipe Book – Taste of the Past

#ColorOurCollections February 1-5


Written by Brianna Melchione, Special Collections Graduate Intern Download the PDF here and start coloring now! ColorOurCollections_JMU_SpecialCollections1 Mark your calendars! February 1st – February 5th, 2016 is #ColorOurCollections week. This week-long coloring fest featuring images from Special Collections is a movement initiated by the New York Academy of Medicine, in partnership with the Biodiversity Heritage Library and other libraries around the world. A few years ago, The New York Academy of Medicine shared images from their collections by creating a coloring book. This time around, they are asking libraries and archives worldwide to join in and share! Read more about the origins of #ColorOurCollections at the New York Academy of Medicine here.