The Newberry Library Colloquium

Chicago as a Tea Center, 1800-1910
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

4 – 5 pm

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Robert Hellyer, Associate Professor of History, Wake Forest University; 2012-13 NEH Fellow, Newberry Library

The United States became a predominately green-tea consuming nation after 1800, and by the 1880s, Midwesterners preferred Japanese green teas. In the 1890s, India and Ceylon tea merchants began a campaign to convince Midwest consumers to switch to their black teas, part of a commercial battle that continued for several decades. Robert Hellyer will examine consumer preferences and explain how the United States became a predominately black-tea consuming nation in the 1930s. Various loose teas will be available for tasting at the colloquium, so please bring your own tea strainer and mug if you would like to sample them.

The Newberry Library Colloquium is a weekly gathering of Newberry staff members, fellows, scholars-in-residence, and readers on Wednesday afternoon in the Towner Fellows’ Lounge. Refreshments are available at 3:30 pm and an informal presentation begins at 4 pm, followed by discussion. The talks are varied, but all relate to the Newberry collections in some way. Speakers may describe a current research project, highlight a particular collection, or discuss one of the Library’s many ongoing or special programs. The Colloquium is open to the public and no reservations are required.

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