Susan McLellan Plaisted
is a commonwealth speaker for the following programs. One
free presentation per calendar year is available to eligible
organizations. Eligible organizations include nonprofit
organizations, educational institutions and local, state
and national governmental agencies that are planning public
programs in Pennsylvania.
Apply to the Council
for programs for your organization: Information and a link
to the Humanities Council site is found on this page below
the presentations list.
Chocolate: The Pennsylvania Connection
aroma of chocolate wafts in the air as this presentation
connects the cultural use of chocolate from Meso-America
to Europe and back to colonial America and Pennsylvania.
Learn the basics of cacao cultivation, harvesting and fermentation.
Examine Mayan, Aztec and European artifacts to compare and
contrast chocolate in different societies and explore the
place of chocolate in Pennsylvania. Participants have the
opportunity to grate "chocolate cakes" and make
and sample a historic chocolate beverage.
the Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speakers
Season of Presentations
The humanities are about sharing powerful stories and exploring
big ideas. Commonwealth Speakers is one way that PHC reaches
out to all Pennsylvanians to share our excitement about
this learning experience. Bring your community together
to discover something new about history, the arts and the
world around you. Commonwealth Speakers is a great opportunity
to share conversations and ideas with scholars, artists
and storytellers and to raise awareness of your organization
as a center for learning in your region.
Types of Presentations
Our Speakers are experts from a variety of backgrounds—arts
and museum educators, folk artists, dancers, musicians,
scholars—who offer presentations on a wide range of
popular topics. The 2012-13 Commonwealth Speakers line-up
features more than 50 Speakers—selected for their
demonstrated expertise and their ability to engage an audience.
While Speaker presentations are incredibly diverse in terms
of topic and format, they all share a common feature—the
opportunity for audiences to come together and learn from
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McLellan Plaisted's PowerPoint presentation will discuss
the living quarters and implements of a Lenape village to
explore the foods and food technologies of the Lenape within
the context of their culture. Plaisted will intertwine ethnobotanical
research, European narratives and archaeological information
with images of hominy processing, drying racks and the roasting
of fish and fowl. Reproductions, artifacts and pelts also
will be on hand.
Humanities Council presentation given from 2008-2011 is
no longer available via the Commonwealth Speaker program
BUT IS AVAILABLE directly from Susan. Please contact
Susan for more information if you are interested.