Kristen Burton, PhD, Presents “Home in the Shape of a Doughnut: Food as a Source of Comfort for American Servicemembers in Europe, 1942–1946”
For servicemembers fighting in Europe, food became an important means of raising morale and reminding Americans of the life they left behind. Beginning in 1942, the American Red Cross Clubmobile Service sought to provide servicemembers based in England with a small source of comfort through offerings of doughnuts and coffee. With each Clubmobile including its own kitchen and built-in doughnut maker, the quintessentially American dessert became so popular that the women operating the Clubmobiles gained the nickname “Doughnut Dollies.” This lecture will look at the importance of food to Americans abroad, specifically the doughnut, to show why something as simple as a typical morning pastry could become the source of treasured comfort for servicemembers as they fought far from home.
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