This is a profile of Edna Greenwood (1888-1972) who today is considered one of our first important collectors of American antiques, as well as our country's first significant collectors of culinaria. Whether she or anyone around her realized it at the time, she may have been our first American culinary historian of sorts. Beside being a mini-biography, this is also the story of an 18th-century-style dinner that Greenwood served one night in September 1946 to members of the Walpole Society, an exclusive all-male antiques-collector club founded in 1910 and still in existence. The meal took place at her restored Time Stone Farm in Marlborough, Massachusetts, where she and her family lived for decades without electricity and other conveniences. The narrative includes a description of the food and thumbnails of the guests (Henry du Pont was one). The epilogue discusses how her pioneering collections came to rest at the Smithsonian Institution.
The Walpole Society Goes to Dinner
jeanne schinto is the author of Huddle Fever: Living in the Immigrant City (Alfred A. Knopf, 1995), a memoir of the ten years she spent in the old textile-mill city of Lawrence, Massachusetts. She has also published a story collection and a novel. Since 2003 Schinto has been a reporter for Maine Antique Digest, covering auctions, antiques shows, and trends in the trade. She lives in Andover, Massachusetts.
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jeanne schinto; The Walpole Society Goes to Dinner. Gastronomica 1 November 2008; 8 (4): 34–45. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2008.8.4.34
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