Sunday, October 7, 2007

More and more books

I cannot believe that I am doing this again today, but I just can't help it. Not a day goes by that I don't encounter something very exciting and often unexpected that shows that SoFAB is on the map, it is in the minds of people and that it is filling a need. For example, we have received unsolicited donations of an old ice cream maker and an Elmer's candy box. There are other donations, but these are representative. People are spending money making sure that when they send us these artifacts, they arrive in good condition. We often do not even have a return address and cannot properly express our gratitude.

Besides a growing number of inquiries asking for traveling exhibits and our participation in festivals, the most exciting development is the number of books that are finding their way to us. It is part of our mission to build a research library that holds cookbooks and other books relevant to the cultural foodways of the South. This includes books from other parts of the United States, because foodways do not respect political boundaries. It also includes international books, because so many influences from immigrants can be documented through books about other countries. Thank you to all of you who have sent us books. It is exciting to think that you are supporting our efforts. Please, when you send us your books, please let us know who you are. We want to acknowledge you.

Many thanks.