FOLK CULTURAL QUESTIONNAIRE: Pennsylvania Foods and Foodways
The late food scholar Dr. Don Yoder (1921-2015) considered himself an “incurable Pennsylvanian.” Born in Altoona, he became the iconic “father of American Folklife.” While he was editor of Pennsylvania Folklife, he published numerous questionnaires asking readers for particular types of information. Much of Dr. Yoder’s fieldwork was derived from enthusiastic laymen in the countryside, especially his eccentric and brilliant cousin Marion Cronister Mattern of Port Matilda, Pennsylvania. All of us have these special family relations who represent a rich well of information. Tap into your own family connections, start talking to cousins, give more meaning to the wonderful culinary heritage you never realized was there. Here is your assignment: fill out the questionnaire below and answer the questions as fully as possible. If you prefer, you can print out the questionnaire and mail your answers to the Keystone Center, Box 75, Devon, PA 19333. If you have questions about the survey please email them to The Keystone Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will try to publish online some of the more interesting responses, but we reserve the right to edit them to conform to our house style.