Illustrated Talk, Book Signing and Gingerbread Baking Demonstrations
Gingerbread is the most revolutionary of all American cakes, with a rich history in early American culture. New York Times best-selling author Anne Byrn will join the Museum for a family-friendly illustrated talk, book signing, and gingerbread baking demonstration from her book, American Cake: From Colonial Gingerbread to Classic Layer, the Stories and Recipes Behind More than 125 of our Best-Loved Cakes.
At 11 a.m., Byrn will tell stories about the history and significance of baking in America. Join Byrn for a book signing in the Rotunda, outside the Museum store at 12 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., visitors can watch as Byrn whips up her Mary Ball Washington Gingerbread cake and sample a piece of gingerbread. From 11 a.m to 3 p.m. in Patriots Gallery, visitors can make their own star-shaped ornament, take a recipe card, and at 2:30 p.m. gather for story time as an educator reads Gingerbread for Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution by Mara Rockliff.