CHM Event

First Tuesday Talks: Dr. Candice Goucher “Sea Biscuits and Flying Fish: The Surprising History of Maritime Foods. A Lecture with Recipes”

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Coos History Museum, Sprague Gallery, Coos Bay


Online bookings are not currently available for this event. Admission, if applicable, is payable at the front desk.

This lecture will explore the globalization of food ways that emerged with the era of sailing ships. Foods at sea were both monotonous and surprising…Come find out about Sir Francis Drake’s salted cod fritters, NW Pacific salmon on tropical isles, and the long and hard legacy of the Royal Navy’s sea biscuits!

Candice Goucher is a professor of history at Washington State University, Vancouver. She studied Chemistry and Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego (BA, 1975), Art History & Archaeology at Columbia University (MA, 1978), and African History at the University of California at Los Angeles (PhD 1984). As an undergraduate, she pioneered the use of lead isotope analysis to identify ancient sources of metals, research published in Nature. Trained as an archaeologist, Candice Goucher has conducted archaeological and historical research in the Caribbean, Mauritius, and West Africa, where she worked with Merrick Posnansky at the site of Begho in Brong Ahafo, Ghana, and in the Bassari region of Togo. Her research interests have continued to forge interdisciplinary and global links in the areas of food studies, technology, culture and gender. With Linda Walton, she published several world history textbooks, including the 2nd edition of World History: Journeys from Past to Present (Routledge, 2013), translated into Chinese, Portuguese, and Korean, and was co-lead scholar on the Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting multimedia project Bridging World History consisting of 26 videos. She recently co-edited (with Graeme Barker, Cambridge University) vol.2 of The Cambridge World History: A World with Agriculture (Cambridge University Press, 2015).  Her book Congotay! Congotay! A Global History of Caribbean Food (M.E. Sharpe, 2014) examined Caribbean history, culture and cuisine from ancient to modern times. It won the 2015 Gourmand World Cookbook Award (Cook Books and Food Studies, Caribbean category). Her current research is on African iron technology in the Atlantic world. She was the 2015 recipient of the World History Association’s Pioneer in World History award for lifetime achievement.

Doors open at 6pm
Museum exhibits and store open until 8:30pm
Free with paid museum admission
CHM Members get in free

First Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Al Peirce Company with additional support from The Mill Casino.

All events subject to change.