5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
GGS Holiday Luncheon and Program, 10 December 2016
Book sales will be ongoing except during business meeting, lunch, and presentation.
10:30 - Check-in on second floor of Georgia Archives
11:00 - Business meeting and awards - meeting rooms on second floor of Georgia Archives
Noon - Lunch (on first floor of Archives, in lobby area)
1:15 - Family History Through Your Recipe Box - Valerie J. Frey
From Uncle’s barbecue sauce to Grandma’s cobbler, family recipes fill us with nostalgia and draw us closer to family – if they have been saved and if they actually work right, that is. So what can you do if a beloved recipe is sketchy, horribly outdated, impossible to read, or unwritten? How can you make sure those old handwritten recipes as well as heirloom photos and kitchen artifacts last for future generations? And did you ever stop to look at your recipes with a historian's eye, exploring what that family recipe may be telling you between the lines? Valerie J. Frey, author of Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate Your Food Traditions (UGA Press), will explore various aspects of your family's heirloom recipes.
About our Speaker
Valerie J. Frey (pronounced "fry") is a writer and archivist. Her projects focus on genealogy, local history, storytelling, material culture, folklife, and home life both modern and historic. Sapelo Island, Georgia was Valerie’s first home and Cleveland County, Arkansas is her ancestral homeland, so both of these places remain important source of inspiration, but she considers Athens, Georgia to be her hometown. She spent many fine childhood hours there rooting through the library, building tree forts, and seeking out wild plums.
During her early career, Valerie earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Art Education from the University of Georgia. Her master’s thesis, Folk Art in North Georgia: A Model Curriculum, wove together art, local history, and personal narratives. Her thesis experiences and a love for her grandparents' stories lured her into pursuing a master’s degree in Information Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she concentrated on historical research and archives. Her second thesis is entitled Personal Information Systems: Journals and Diaries as Process and Product. After graduate school, she served as a Junior Fellow in the Manuscripts Division of the Library of Congress and then became Manuscripts Archivist at the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah and Archivist of the Savannah Jewish Archives. During that time, she co-authored two books focusing on historic photographs and oral histories: Images of America: The Jewish Community of Savannah (Charleston: Arcadia Press, 2002) and Voices of Savannah (Savannah: Savannah Jewish Archives, 2004).
In 2003, Valerie became Education Coordinator of the Georgia Archives where she spent her time developing public service programs as well as creating resources for educators and their students. She won a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council to create Down Home Days, an annual event to help kids develop a love of history.
In 2007, marrying an Air Force officer took Valerie away from the South and she became a full-time writer as well as a consultant, contract archivist, temporary Northern Californian, and mother to one easygoing and charming boy. Now that she has returned to Georgia, her current book project with the University of Georgia Press, Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate Your Food Traditions was released November 1, 2015. She is now working on new projects and keeps a blog at www.farmtomarketroad.com.
Registration & Cost
Mail in registration deadline has passed. PayPal registrations are due by midnight on Sunday, December 4, 2016.
On-line registration is closed!
Everyone registered by the above deadlines is guaranteed handouts and food
Lunch is included in registration.
Registration after the deadline (if space is available) is an additional $5.00, but lunch may not be available.