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Wed, Apr 17

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NCW Library Zoom Presentation

Big Apples, Big Business

In this talk, explore how Washington became the top apple producing state in the country, and how, in the process, it transformed apples into an industrialized commodity. Many regions in the West attempted to grow apples, but in Washington, big apples became big business.

Big Apples, Big Business
Big Apples, Big Business

Time and Location

Apr 17, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

NCW Library Zoom Presentation

About the event

Just in time for our regional Apple Blossom festivals, join us for this fascinating Humanities Washington presentation all about apples!

Why do so many apples in the grocery store look the same? And why do so many come from Washington?

In this talk presented by NCW Libraries, explore how Washington became the top apple producing state in the country, and how, in the process, it transformed apples into an industrialized commodity. Many regions in the West attempted to grow apples, but in Washington, big apples became big business thanks to the work of scientists, investors, irrigators, railroad corporations, marketers, and apple growers. How does the history of Washington apples reflect larger changes happening in the American food system—changes that continue to affect our environment and the way we eat today?

Amanda L. Van Lanen (she/her) is a Professor of History at Lewis-Clark State College and the author of The Washington Apple: Orchards and the Development of Industrial Agriculture. She earned a Ph.D. in history at Washington State University, and blogs about food history at historyreheated.com. Van Lanen lives in Asotin.

For zoom link, register here: https://ncrl.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=99063&backTo=List&startDate=2024/03/20&endDate=2024/04/19

The presentation will not be recorded. To learn more about our program partner, Humanities Washington, check out their website: www.humanities.org

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