Monday, August 15, 2016

Arkansas State Archives Symposium: Southern Fried Schnitzel: German Food and Culture in Arkansas

The Arkansas State Archives will be hosting its third annual Arkansas foodways symposium from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute in Little Rock. The symposium’s theme, “Southern Fried Schnitzel: German Food and Culture in Arkansas,” will feature presentations by Shirley Schuette, Leah Lambert, Kathleen Condray, Tim Nutt, and State Archives staff member Terra Titsworth.

Topics will include German style beer brewing in Arkansas, a history of early Germans in Little Rock, German foodways history in Arkansas, as well as anecdotes and stories about German food and its importance in Arkansas history and culture. The day will conclude with a cooking presentation by professionally trained chef Terra Titsworth, formerly of the Packett House, who will be preparing a traditional meal from Lichtenstein, a German-speaking principality in Europe. Tim Nutt will share anecdotes about his experiences as a traveler in the country during the demonstration.

The seminar is free but registration is required. Check-in will begin at 9 a.m.  Teachers can earn up to four professional development hours through attendance. A German fare lunch prepared by the Culinary Institute chefs and a beer tasting will be provided for symposium participants at no charge.  Registration is limited and deadline for registration will be Sept. 6, so be sure to make reservations soon.

The Arkansas State Archives is an agency under the Department of Arkansas Heritage and is responsible for collecting and maintaining the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world.  The State Archives has two branch locations; the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Powhatan and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Washington. Other agencies under the Department of Arkansas Heritage include the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

For more information about the symposium or to register, contact us at or call us at 501-682-6900.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council.