500 Years of American Grapes and Wines: The Literature of a Remarkable Journey

Professor Dan Longone

Curated by Professor Daniel T. Longone, this exhibition, from February 16th through May 29th, 2009, at the University of Michigan Clements Library featured books and ephemera that define the history of American wine-making from early failures and disasters to ultimate emergence in the twentieth century of wines and a wine industry second to none.

The incongruous cast of characters and events prominent in this history include Thomas Jefferson, patriotic immigrants, Napoleon’s soldiers in Alabama, prohibitionists, Boston Brahmins and Madeira wine, John Locke, the American cocktail culture, and more.

Sponsored by the William Clements Library and the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

Lecture by Professor Longone: Sunday, May 10, 2009, 3:00-5:00pm.

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