In a ceremony held during Homecoming and Family Weekend 2018, SUNY Cobleskill welcomed new additions to the Iroquois Indian Museum’s Library Research Collection, housed in the Van Wagenen Library archives. The collection adds to the library’s stock of rare and one-of-a-kind books – especially those regarding the origins of food items with regional roots.
Thousands of years before formal cookbooks, the Iroquois cultivated herbs, corn, and agroforested crops in what is now Schoharie County. Contrasting the contemporary volumes upstairs, the works in the Museum’s Research Collection, located downstairs, offer some of the earliest-known commentary on historical ingredients.
“We are thrilled to be working with the Iroquois Indian Museum, and hosting this one-of- a-kind collection,” says Orgeron. “These works shed tremendous light on the history of our location, and its evolution.”
Feature photo: A picturesque view of the Iroquois Indian Museum in Howe’s Cave, NY, courtesy of the Museum.