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Appalachian Teaching Project

Center of Appalachian Studies & Services

Indiana University of Pennsylvania



2017 ATP students from the Anthropology of Food class will assist their community partners, the Downtown Indiana Business Improvement District and the Food Co-Op of Indiana County, to gather local recipes and to publish a cookbook that will be sold to support food justice initiatives in the community.  These initiatives include the eventual goal of addressing the “food desert” that has been identified in downtown Indiana by establishing an outlet for healthy, local produce and food items.

Students will study the many foodways of the Appalachian region and identify local “memory keepers” who were raised in the county and can recount the food systems of their childhoods.  More specifically, student and community participants will aim to create an inclusive food history project that can help to unify the town and university as they work together to connect the past to the present and record the foodways of Northern Appalachia.  The project hopes to create an interconnected food history of Indiana that can be engaged through the cookbook, which, in turn, will create networks between residents, the university, visitors, the past, and the envisioned future of the community. 




Contact Information

Abigail Adams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
G1G McElhaney Hall
441 North Walk
Indiana, PA 15705
Telephone:  (724) 357-3935




Previous Conference Participation:
2016    2015     2014     2013     2012     2010     2009


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