Beef FudgePresenter: Mary Murphy

Date: Monday, Nov. 16

Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: C’mon Inn

Side Trip Info: What can the history of food tell us about Montana history? All newcomers brought food traditions with them, and all had to adapt to Montana—high altitude, a short growing season, and long shipping distances. All these factors shaped what people cooked and ate. We’ll look at ways in which natives and newcomers gathered, grew, and cooked food in Montana: what kinds of food, ways they brought it with them, and what food traditions grew along with the state.

Instructor Bio:
Mary MurphyMary Murphy is a Distinguished Professor of History at Montana State University where she teaches the history of American women and the history of the American West. She is the author of Mining Cultures: Men, Women, and Leisure in Butte, 1914- 1941 and Hope in Hard Times: New Deal Photographs of Montana. She is currently collaborating on a project: Cooking up the Past: Montana’s Culinary History.


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