News Display: Miss Farmer's School of Cookery Opens, Tuesday, 8/23

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  • Miss Farmer's School of Cookery Opens, Tuesday, 8/23


  • After serving as Director of the Boston Cooking School for eleven years, Fannie Merritt Farmer, an American authority on the art of cooking, founded Miss Farmer's School of Cookery. On August 23, 1902 she opened her doors, emphasizing the practice, rather than theory of cooking. Her courses were designed to educate housewives, rather than to prepare teachers, and she developed special cooking equipment for the sick and physically disabled.

    Fannie Farmer advocated for the use of standardized measurements in cooking and was an expert on nutrition on illness. In her teenage years, she suffered a stroke that left her leg limp. Ms. Farmer published several cook books and delivered lectures to nurses, women's clubs, and the Harvard Medical School.

    See here for holdings of books by Fannie Merritt Farmer.

  • Great Expectations Is Fully Published, Wednesday, 8/3


  • On August 3, 1861, the closing chapters, 58-59, of Great Expectations were published in All the Year Round, a literary circular from Charles Dickens, British writer and social critic. Dickens' popular novel tells the tale of an orphan named named Pip who believes he will inherit a fortune. Narrated in the first person and set in Essex and Kent, the work portrays a dramatic set of characters and highlights major universal and opposing themes -- among them, wealth and poverty, love and loss, good and evil. Great Expectations was serialized from December 1, 1860 through August 3, 1861, and was then published by Chapman and Hall as a three volume work in October 1861.

    We will share stories about Dicken's highly acclaimed thirteenth book, including its inspiration and influence over many years to come.

  • Building the Berlin Wall, Friday, 8/12


  • August 12, 1961 marks the date when the Communist government of the former East Germany (German Democratic Republic) began building the concrete Berlin Wall to divide East and West Berlin. A symbol of the Cold War, the wall was deemed to protect East German citizens from the evils of Western culture and capitalism. "Checkpoint Charlie" was the name given by the Allies to the best-name crossing point. Million of East Germans fled to the West and many died trying to escape.

    On November 9, 1989 the East German communists opened the wall, allowing citizens to pass freely -- signifying the end of the Cold War, fall of the communist regime, and major democratic changes in other countries in Eastern Europe.


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