Transforming the American Table 1950-2000 Resetting the Table

The exhibition explores some of the major changes in food production, distribution, and consumption in the in the United States after 1950.

Originally opened in November 2012, FOOD has served as the foundation for the National Museum of American History's Food History Team to create a robust research, collecting, and programming agenda around a wide range of food-related topics and themes.

Cultural Narrative: 

Transforming the American Table 1950-2000

Resetting the Table

After 1950, many Americans experienced immense changes in what and how they ate, and in how they thought and felt about food. Direct challenges to conventional diets and cooking styles came from immigrants, activists, nutritionists, and global travelers, and spread from local communities and restaurants to supermarkets and schools. Whether complementary or contradictory, each resetting of the table offered new menus, new manners, and new influences on the American cultural and economic landscape.