How do recipes work? Why do we collect them? Who do we write them for? How can recipes help us connect and create communities across time, distance, and culture?

This is the focus of a free conversation with Jennifer Roberts on Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. The museum is excited to once again partner with Oregon Humanities to host a thought provoking conversation project. The Conversation Project is sponsored by Oregon Humanities. We encourage you to bring any treasured recipes that you would like to share with the group. These recipes may end up in a story-based collection compiled throughout this Conversation Project program.


Write and independent scholar, Jennifer Roberts, will introduce historical and current recipes.

Roberts is a writer and independent scholar who lives in Josephine County. She received her PhD in English literature from the University of Minnesota, where she discovered her fascination with the history of science and medicine. Studying alchemy and early pharmacology sparked her interest in recipes of all kinds. She is currently working a novel set in the seventeenth century that involves witchcraft, alchemy, and, of course, recipes.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical tour our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Elaine Trucke at


Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform  communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Lodging for this event has been sponsored by The Ocean Lodge of Cannon Beach, Oregon!

The Lecture Series has been sponsored by Martin Hospitality of Cannon Beach, Oregon!