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History on Tap: “Never Rip it Out” (Lion Bridge Brewing Company – Cedar Rapids)

History on Tap: “Never rip it out”: Mushroom Hunting, Ancestral Foodways, and Czech Identity in Cook County (Lion Bridge)

Join the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library at Lion Bridge Brewing Company (59 16th Ave SW, Cedar Rapidsfor History on Tap!

Special guest Elizabeth Stigler will talk about a surprisingly illicit activity, mushroom hunting. It isn’t uncommon for Czechs to spend many weekends hunting mushrooms during the season, especially in the Czech Republic. However, in Cook County, due to illegality of mushroom hunting, Czech mushroom hunters have had to choose between their ancestral foodways or face legal repercussions. Through oral histories, learn more about the history of Cook County’s mushroom hunters, gendered labor, and ethnic identity.

The event is free, but if you desire some delicious craft beer, that must be purchased from Lion Bridge Brewing Company during the program. Must be 21+ to buy beer.

Our new “History on Tap” t-shirts will be available for purchase.

RSVP is required to attend. Seating is limited. 

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About the Presenter:

Elizabeth J. Stigler- is a PhD Candidate in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at the University of Kansas. Her dissertation explores the relationship between ethnic culinary traditions and Czech identity in and around the Chicagoland area. She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Kansas where she teaches courses on food studies and body politics.  Elizabeth has an MA in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Kansas and an MA in Women and Gender Studies from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She is a Director of the Czech and Slovak American Genealogical Society of Illinois and a co-editor of their quarterly journal, the Koreny.


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October 4, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Free, RSVP required
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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library


Lion Bridge Brewing Company
59 16th Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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