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How Washington Became the Apple State

Friday, February 23, 2024 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM) (PST)


Why do so many apples in the grocery store look the same? And why do so many come from Washington?

In this talk, explore how Washington became the top apple producing state in the country, and how, in the process, it transformed apples into an industrialized commodity. Many regions in the West attempted to grow apples, but in Washington, big apples became big business thanks to the work of scientists, investors, irrigators, railroad corporations, marketers, and apple growers. How does the history of Washington apples reflect larger changes happening in the American food system—changes that continue to affect our environment and the way we eat today?

Amanda L. Van Lanen (she/her) is a Professor of History at Lewis-Clark State College and the author of The Washington Apple: Orchards and the Development of Industrial Agriculture. She earned a Ph.D. in history at Washington State University, and blogs about food history at

This lecture is sponsored by Humanities WA. The event is free and open to the public!

Yakima Valley Museum
2105 Tieton Drive
Yakima, WA 98902 United States
Friday, February 23, 2024 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM) (PST)
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