Past Event

Whatever Happened to Tuna Noodle Casserole

A Road Scholar Program by Penelope Bingham

The mere mention of "Tuna Noodle Casserole"-the one made with canned tuna, packaged noodles, and canned soup-to an American of a certain age can call up powerful memories. Love it or hate it, Tuna Noodle Casserole has been an icon of American home cooking since the 1950s. The program invites the audience to think about the ways in which the family dinner table and American culture have changed since the days of Leave it to Beaver and to consider the role of the food industry in American food culture. Penelope Bingham holds degrees from Wellesley College and the University of Chicago and has been an avid collector and appraiser of cookbooks for many years. Her personal collection of cookbooks now exceeds well over 2,000 volumes, and she has given numerous programs on American culture and cookbooks to libraries and professional organizations around Illinois.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Mark Schultz, 815.836.5863.