Documenting food history and traditions in the Midwest before they disappear.
Without corn, there might never have been a United States. At the very least, the country would never have been as wealthy or well fed as it is.
The word corn is testament to its importance: corn simply means “dominant cereal grain.” Only in the United States does corn always mean maize—the grain of the Americas.
Nowhere in the US is corn more important than in America’s heartland, the Midwest. Corn shaped the Midwest, its culture, and its foodways. I am working on a book manuscript that will address the history and influence of corn in the growth and shaping of the heartland. The book will record the life that revolved around corn, from pioneer days to the present. It will visit the farmers in their fields but also the Midwest businesses that grew up around corn, from railways to bourbon distillers to Cracker Jack and Orville Redenbacher. I need three months to focus on the research, and to travel around the Midwest to talk to farmers, historians, folklorists, and others involved in the story of corn.
Yes -- this book is already under contract with a university press. So the promise of a copy of the book is not a hollow one.
Absolutely. Until at least the end of July, I will be looking for farmers, researchers, pioneer families, historians, museum docents, companies that prepare corn for market (from corn nuts to popcorn to canned corn to tortillas), and anyone else who has insight into how corn has shaped the heartland, but historically and in the present.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 7, 2012.
Mar 23, 2012 - May 7, 2012 (45 days)
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Your name and a note of thanks on my blog and on my Facebook author page.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Your name on the acknowledgements page of the book, plus thanks on the blog and Facebook.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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Thanks in the book and on blog and Facebook, plus a link from my blog or website to the blog or website of your choice.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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An autographed copy of the book, plus everything at $50 level.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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An autographed copy of the book and a phone call to thank you for your help. (And, if you're within an hour drive of Arlington Heights, IL, I'll take you out for coffee.) Plus everything at the $50 level.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013