Traveling Exhibit

Food for Thought

The Origins of Massachusetts Foods and Why it Matters

Historians call the colonial era movement of plants, animals, people, and diseases the “Columbian Exchange.” We live with its consequences, positive and negative, to this day. In Massachusetts, a similar process unfolded as English settlers came into contact with native people. This exhibit explores that exchange, focusing on food, ecological changes, and the pleasant culinary legacy from that distant and turbulent time.

  • To borrow, contact:
  • Lida Harkins
    lida.harkins@sec.state.ma.us
    781-888-0239
    (includes 16 foam core panels measuring 56 x 32 inches)