Event: American Pie, a history


American Pie, a history

Highland Park —-  Highland Park Historical Society will host on Thursday November 3rd at 7:00 PM ‘American Pie, a history,’ presented by Catherine Lambrecht, a Highland Park resident.

Pies are as American as pizza is American: we took a great idea, adapted it to our needs and ran with it. They used what they had available locally and made the most from it. In the Northeast and Midwest, it was apples; in the South it was molasses pies, in Florida the Key Lime Pie and from the Southwest came nut pies. Apple pies were not always dessert, our American ancestors considered them survival food often eating pie for breakfast, lunch and dinner for six month stretches.

Catherine Lambrecht is a founder and moderator of, the Chicago-based culinary chat site. A founder of Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance dedicated to celebrating, exploring and preserving unique food traditions and their cultural contexts in the American Midwest. Every month she organizes programs for Chicago Foodways Roundtable of Culinary Historians of Chicago. Lambrecht arranges programs at the library on behalf of the Highland Park Historical Society.

‘American Pie, a history’ will be presented at the Highland Park Public Library Auditorium 494 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park. For further information, please contact the Highland Park Historical Society: 847.432.7090 or is free.

Highland Park Historical Society’s archives have moved to the Highland Park Public Library at 494 Laurel Avenue. Archivist Nancy Webster will be available Tuesday-Friday from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm and Sunday from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. It is best to call in advance for an appointment.