South Shore History Symposium – April 9

South Shore History Symposium

Historical Agriculture & Aquaculture of the South Shore

Daniel Webster Home & Farm, Marshfield, Massachusetts
Event: “Land & Sea: Historical Agriculture and Aquaculture of the South Shore”
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 9 am – 2:30 pm
Location: Spire Center for the Performing Arts, 25 Court Street, Plymouth, MA
Registration Fee: $15/person
Contact: Paula Fisher, Plymouth County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Contact Phone: 508-747-0100

The Backroads of the South Shore is pleased to present the 2016 South Shore History Symposium: Land & Sea: Historical Agriculture and Aquaculture of the South Shore. This annual symposium offers an exciting opportunity for regional historians to present research and projects happening at local museums and historic sites. Presentations will explore the varied and fascinating history of farming and fisheries on the South Shore. Keynote speaker Robert S. Cox will discuss Massachusetts Cranberry Culture. Mr. Cox is the Head of Special Collections at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A historian and archivist, Mr. Cox recently authored a trilogy of books on New England Culinary History: A History of Chowder (with Jacob Walker, 2011), Massachusetts Cranberry Culture (2012) and New England Pie (2015).

Symposium Presentations:

Keynote Speaker: “Bogged Down in History: Cranberry Culture in Massachusetts,” Robert Cox, historian and archivist, is currently Head of Special Collections at UMass Amherst. He has published on a variety of topics, from 19thcentury spiritualism to the botany of the Lewis &
Clark expedition, and recently authored a trilogy of books on New England culinary history, including A History of Chowder (with Jacob Walker, 2011); Massachusetts Cranberry Culture (2012); and New England Pie (2015).

“Isaac Sprague & American Botany: Science, Art and Agriculture in the mid-19th Century,” Leni Vradelis studied history at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and is a volunteer with the Hingham Historical Society.

“Puddings, Pies, Pone, and Pottages: New England Farming and Fishing in Four Dishes,” Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald are culinary historians and co-authors of numerous articles and books, including America’s Founding Food: The Story of New England Cooking (2004); Northern Hospitality: Cooking by the Book in New England (2011); and the forthcoming American Cookery: A Tale of Cuisine, Culture, and Nationality, about the first American cookbook.

“How Seaweed Changed the Demographics of Scituate,” David Ball, one-time Irish mosser and consultant, is a regular volunteer at Scituate’s Maritime and Irish Mossing Museum. A long-time President of the Scituate Historical Society, he has authored several maritime history books, including To the Point, the story of Cedar Point, and Warnings Ignored (with Fred Freitas) about the 1898 Portland Gale.

“Life on the Half Shell,”Bill and Beth Doyle established Plymouth Rock
Oyster Growers in 2010 to produce locally-grown oysters in an environmentally responsible, sustainable manner. Their family-owned company harvests and ships oysters to discerning customers and chefs across the country.

“World’s End History,” Ryland Rogers, Ranger at Hingham’s World’s End,
a property of The Trustees of Reservations, has spent decades exploring its grounds and tracing the evolution of this original colonial pasture land.

For more information about the South Shore History Symposium or to register, please contact Paula Fisher, Director of Marketing and Group Services at the Plymouth County Convention and Visitors Bureau, at (508) 747-0100 or
Backroads of the South Shore is a collaboration of non-profit organizations operating 25 historic sites in ten towns along the South Shore of Massachusetts from Weymouth to Plymouth. The group is dedicated to celebrating the history and spirit of the region. For more information, please visit our website at

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