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Kris Erskine: “Make America Healthy Again: Seventh-day Adventists, the Health Message, and the Cookie Business, 1910 to 1930” at CZSS

(9:30 a.m. Pacific / 11:30 a.m. central / 12:30 p.m. eastern)


Kris Erskine will present “Make America Healthy Again: Seventh-day Adventists, the Health Message, and the Cookie Business, 1910 to 1930” for the Choir Zoom Sabbath School at Pacific Union College on Saturday, September 9. 

In the 1910s and 1920s, Seventh-day Adventists flocked to the commercial cookie business. One hundred Adventists were baking cookies commercially by 1930, and half of them came to the cookie industry from careers as church workers. Are cookies and the health message compatible?

Dr. Kris Erskine is a professor of history and history education at Athens State University near Huntsville, Alabama. His early research focused on the history of Sino-US relations. Specifically, he researched and wrote about an American missionary who was also a foreign agent and propagandist for the Chinese government in the 1930s and 1940s. More recent work has grown to include another aspect of American religionreligion and food. In 2020, he completed a book for McKee Foods, the makers of Little Debbie. In the summer of 2024, he will begin a research project on the vegetarian and plant-based food history and culture of Taiwan, the second most vegetarian country in the world. 

Zoom link: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85040922192?pwd=dDJKSm9qVFhkWC9VblRoNXJyY2t0dz09

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