The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies received a Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Historical Records at the GHRAC annual ceremony.
“Food, Power, Politics: The Story of School Lunch,” an exhibit at the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, drew on materials from the political collections to illustrate how the school lunch program came into existence and how it has evolved. In addition to papers of U.S. senators Richard Russell and HermanTalmadge, many of the library’s collections document both support and opposition to NSLP and to national food policy in general. The exhibit, with a rich array of historical records, showcased holdings and increased visitors’ interest in the topic. The Russell outreach team developed companion programming to attract a broader audience. A highlight was the School Lunch Challenge, a cooking competition which invited teams, drawn from local restaurants and advised by members of the Clarke County School District, to create dishes in accordance with USDA guidelines for the NSLP that would appeal to a K-12 audience. A pop-up display of some of the materials from the Food, Power, Politics exhibit was featured, as well as demonstrations and information tables from community organizations involved with food issues. The School Lunch Challenge has become an annual event, and the second challenge took place in March 2016.
Here, outreach archivist Jan Levinson accepts the award from University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby, left, and Toby Graham, GHRAC president and UGA university librarian and associate provost:
GHRAC works to promote the educational use of Georgia’s documentary heritage and to support efforts to improve the condition of records statewide. The board is charged with advising the chancellor and the Georgia Archives on records and policy issues. For more information, please visit www.GeorgiaArchives.org and click on Partners, then click on Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC).
The Georgia Archives is a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and identifies, collects, manages, preserves, provides access to, and publicizes records and information of Georgia and its people and assists state and local government agencies with their records management. This work is done within the framework of the USG’s mission to create a more highly educated Georgia.