Presented by
Barbara Kuck, Culinary Historians of Chicago
Seleena Kuester, Museum Educator

Lake County Discovery Museum
located in Lakewood Forest Preserve
Corner of Route 176 and Fairfield Road (entrance on 176)
Wauconda, Illinois

Podcast courtesy of WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified

Cost: $7 for Lake County residents OR $9 for Cook County residents

Barbara Kuck will present how American food production and consumption were transformed in the years after World War II. Following this lecture, Seleena Kuester will provide an introduction and overview of “Food in the Atomic Age” exhibit.

Discover how the mass marketing and automobile culture of the 1950s changed the way America cooked and ate in “Food in the Atomic Age.”

“Food in the Atomic Age” features Curt Teich advertising postcards from the museum’s archives, as well as period textiles and kitchen objects from the museum’s collections. The exhibit traces how Atomic Age conveniences created the streamlined, efficient American home of the 1950s. Visitors can explore a re-created 1950s kitchen, where they’ll learn about the rise of pre-packaged foods and state-of-the art kitchen appliances. Then visit a 1950s diner to learn about the increasing popularity of fast food and see period fast food restaurant advertising. Also learn how food makes it from the farm to the table, and how this process has changed since the Atomic Age.

This special exhibition is on display through February 21, 2010