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This interview with Hannah Black took place on July 15, 2020 remotely via Zoom with the narrator in Hudson, NY and the interviewer at her home in West Lafayette, IN. Hannah is a chef and restaurant co-owner. She has been weathering the COVID-19 pandemic at her home with her 7 month old son, husband and other members of their pod (close contact social group). She is just returning to work after taking maternity leave and being able to reopen food service following the mandated pandemic shut down.
During the interview, Hannah discusses food culture and being a chef in Hudson, including how she came to be co-owner of Lil’ Deb’s restaurant. She shares her story of coming to live in Hudson, experiences of community and what life in Hudson has to offer to someone who values creativity. Hannah also discusses life during the pandemic.
This interview may be of interest to someone who is interested in food culture, foodways, the intersections of food and community, as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted daily life in Hudson.
Shannon McMullen is an Associate Professor at Purdue University in the Electronic and Time-Based Art Program, the incoming Director of the Program in American Studies, part of the artist duo collaborative McMullen_Winkler and mom (not necessarily in that order). Shannon conducted this interview as a participant in the first remotely held Oral History Summer School. She has never been to Hudson.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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