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Food Explorers Events 2018

November 6, 2018

The following “Food Explorers” events are part of the Kansas State University Science Communication Week activities sponsored by the Kansas State University Global Food Systems Initiative.  The Riley County Historical Society and Museum is a partner in some of the events.

Monday November 5:  Public discussion of the book “The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats” by Daniel Stone at 7:00 p.m. at the Manhattan Public Library.  The discussion will be facilitated by William L. Richter, professor emeritus of political science and formerly K-State’s first associate provost for international programs. Bill is an affiliate of the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy. He reviewed “The Food Explorer” for The Manhattan Mercury. His interest in David Fairchild (subject of “The Food Explorer”), Walter Tennyson Swingle, Charles Marlatt, and other pioneers in plant exploration dates back to some research he began in 2014, which he has presented to the Riley County Historical Society.  The event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday November 6:  Daniel Stone, author of “The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats” will speak at 7:00 p.m. at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.  David Fairchild, K-State alumnus and Manhattan native, was a late 19th-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes, and thousands more foods to the American plate.  Fairchild Hall was named after his father, president of Kansas State Agricultural College from 1879 to 1897.  Author Daniel Stone will discuss learning and telling the story of David Fairchild, and how Fairchild’s efforts influence us today. Daniel Stone is a writer on environmental science, agriculture, and botany in Washington D.C. He writes for National Geographic and teaches environmental policy at Johns Hopkins University.  This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday November 7:  The self guided driving tour “Where the Adventure Began: Touring the Home Town of the Food Explorers” will be offered on the Riley County Historical Museum web site at www.rileycountyks.gov/museum beginning November 7. The self guided driving tour will visit locations connected to David Fairchild, Charles Marlatt, Walter Swingle and other food explorers and innovators with connections to Manhattan/Riley County. 

Thursday November 8:  At the Beach Museum of Art at 6:30 p.m., a faculty discussion panel will examine the work of Manhattan native sons David Fairchild, Charles Marlatt, and Walter Swingle. As outlined in "The Food Explorer" by Daniel Stone, Fairchild was responsible for introducing to the United States many of the foods we grow and eat today. With those introductions came uncontrolled presence of invasive insect species.   The positive and negative impacts of Fairchild’s historic treks will be discussed by a multidisciplinary group of K-Kansas State faculty participating include John Ruberson from entomology; Bonnie Lynn-Sherow from history; Matt Sanderson from sociology; Jane Marshall from food, nutrition, dietetics and health; and Bill Schapaugh from agronomy.  The event is free and open to the public.

October 23 through November 21:  Manhattan Public Library will host the Riley County Historical Society and Museum exhibit, “The Food Explorers and their Riley County Connections.”   This free exhibit by Riley County Historical Museum Curator of Design Allana Parker, highlights the local connection to the ground-breaking work in food exploration and food safety recounted in the book “The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats.”   The exhibit is free and open regular Manhattan Public Library hours.


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