Susan Man McCulloch and her husband, Hugh, were among the most prominent citizens of Fort Wayne in the 1830s. They also left behind an extensive correspondence that describes Fort Wayne in transition from a rude, frontier society to a Hoosier town with an increasing number of eastern amenities. One of the markers in that transition involved what people ate. With the construction of more modern mills to grind flour and the availability of sugar came the ability to prepare cakes and other desserts that had been unknown on the frontier. The arrival of orchard fruit—apples, pears and cherries, among others—brought a more diversified fare to local markets. Susan Man McCulloch was instrumental in facilitating this change. This lecture will explore the early foodways of Fort Wayne and Susan’s role in shaping it.
John Beatty has been a librarian in the Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library for 34 years. He is a certified genealogist and a local historian who has authored many articles for the Old Fort News. In 2006, he coedited the two-volume History of Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana. He lives in the historic Oakdale neighborhood with his wife and two children.
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This program received funding from a Humanities Initiative Grant