Kewanee Public Library Presents “Wild Boar to Baconfest” by Cynthia Clampitt


The Kewanee Public Library is hosting Illinois Road Scholar Cynthia Clampitt on August 30, 2023, at 6:30 PM to highlight the history of pigs and pork while examining the impact these animals have worldwide. Cynthia Clampitt will focus her presentation to the Midwest area and will include why Poet Carl Sandburg called Chicago the “Hot Butcher for the World”. The history of pigs and humans going back more than 12,000 years ago. Pork may be the most eaten meat in the world but they also offer potential medical advances.

Cynthia Clampitt has been writing and talking about food history for thirty years and has authored two books about food history. She now focuses on the American Midwest and is a member of the Culinary Historians of Chicago, the Society of Women Geographers, the Agricultural History Society, and the Midwestern History Association.

The event will be co-produced by the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, which invites Illinois authors, artists and educators to share their expertise and enthusiasm with people throughout the state, enabling local nonprofit organizations to present free-admission cultural programs to their communities.

“Wild Boar to Baconfest: Pigs in History and Popular Culture” will take place on Wednesday, August 30th at 6:30 PM at the Kewanee Public Library, 102 S. Tremont Street. The event is free and open to people of all ages. For more information, please visit or contact Kewanee Public Library at 309-852-4505.

The Kewanee Public Library strives to meet the needs of our community by connecting people with equitable access to resources, services, programs and technology. We have been empowering growth and connection in Kewanee since 1875.

Submit a Comment