Stirring Up the Past: Puritan Beliefs About Food

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New England Historic Genealogical Society


Stirring Up the Past: Puritan Beliefs About Food

From the porpoise that provided desperately needed sustenance for travellers to the New World to a recipe for ‘French bisket’ and a witchcraft judge's record of the declaration of a day of Thanksgiving, the NEHGS is full of treasures.  Archivist Judy Lucey will reveal the lives of ordinary people through the records of food, their recipes for medicine (‘against settling of cold against ye head & stomach’) and their account books documenting the cost of food in the market.

Dr Lori Stokes, a member of the Partnership of Historic Bostons and a brilliant and popular communicator, will explore five unusual beliefs about food during the 17th century.  Like most Europeans, Puritans were highly suspicious of vegetables; their solution: boil it!

The event is co-sponsored by the Partnership of Historic Bostons as part of the 2015 Charter Day celebrations.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP at

About Boston Charter Day

Each year, The Partnership of Historic Bostons commemorates the naming of Boston, Dorchester, and Watertown on September 7, 1630 and holds a series of free events to teach the public about early days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  The theme for 2015 is Food and Drink in 17th-century Boston.  For a full list of all the events please visit