Published 11/02/11

Denhoff and two students

Sylvia Brooklyn Denhoff, center, with Bryant students Madeleine Lux, right, and Amanda Zagame '11

She's cookin' with gas

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (Nov. 2, 2011) -- A research paper written by two Bryant students surfaced the remarkable wartime story of home economist Sylvia Brooklyn Denhoff, featured in this Providence Journal article.

A research paper written by two Bryant students surfaced the remarkable wartime story of home economist Sylvia Brooklyn Denhoff.

The Journal article references some of Denhoff's efforts, but "Keeping America Fed and Healthy during World War II: Sylvia Brooklyn Denhoff: Home Economist," written by Madeleine Lux and Amanda Zagame '11, provides a richer, more detailed exploration of Denhoff's life. The research paper, produced as part of History Prof. Judy Barrett Litoff's course "U.S. Women and World War II," was based on interviews the students conducted with Denhoff at her home. The interviews were also filmed.

"With a strong education in home economics and experience as a presenter and writer, [Denhoff] was hired by the left-wing newspaper PM to write 'food columns' during the Second World War," Lux and Zagame wrote. "While she does not define herself by her actions during the war, her role was essential in maintaining the morale on the American home front during the trying days of rationing and food shortages."

Zagame presented the paper earlier this year at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research held at Ithaca College in New York. The paper will also be published in the 2011 Proceedings of the National Conference of Undergraduate Research.

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