Show and Tell: Poison food and snake oil: Harvey Wiley's Crusade @ The History Center

522 Columbia Street, Lafayette, Lafayette, IN 47901
  • Presented By: Tippecanoe County Historical Association
  • Dates: February 7, 2023
  • Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
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After being passed over for consideration as Purdue University’s president for being “too young and too jovial”, Harvey Wiley went to Washington to be the Chief Chemist of the US Dept of Agriculture. From this seemingly obscure, back-room laboratory position, Wiley’s meandering career path took him into the center of the debate over the lack of control over food additives and the misrepresentation of quackery medications as legitimate healing products. Today Wiley is considered the father of the “Pure Food and Drugs Act”, an act of congress that today ensures that the food you eat is safe, and what you take as medicine today is far more likely to help than hurt you. Come hear the tales of this “unorthodox” scientist with the quirky personality, and his Poison Squad. This event is sponsored by the National Group.

Learn more about Show & Tell programs:  Remember grade school Show & Tell, and how you looked forward to it all week? We all brought things from home that we thought were special or that were important to us. Recapture that school magic with TCHA’s Show & Tell programs! Bring a favorite piece from your collections, share what you know with others in the audience, and learn something new! Afterwards, sit back in your chair and engage with the presenter’s program.