You're invited to Food for Thought! "Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century"

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Once iconic American symbols, tobacco farms are gradually disappearing. It is difficult for many people to lament the loss of Cover of "Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century" by Ann K. Ferrella crop that has come to symbolize addiction, disease, and corporate deception; yet, in Kentucky, the plant has played an important role in economic development and prosperity. Burley tobacco—a light, air-cured variety used in cigarette production—has long been the Commonwealth’s largest cash crop and an important aspect of regional identity, along with bourbon, bluegrass music, and Thoroughbred horses.

In "Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century", Ann K. Ferrell, assistant professor of folk studies and anthropology at Western Kentucky University, details a fascinating account of farmers and traditions surrounding a crop with a unique and long history in America.  A crop that has gone from royalty to ruin in the space of the last fifty years.

The menu for the luncheon features strawberry spinach salad with poppy seed dressing, a quiche sampler, mixed melon salad, cheddar biscuits, blackberry cobbler, iced tea and coffee.

Tickets to the “Food for Thought” luncheon are $20 for KHS members and $25 for other patrons. To make a reservation, contact Julia Curry at 502-564-1792, ext. 4414. Reservations are required by August 16th.

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