John Langellier, central division director of the Arizona Historical Society, said the exhibit offers a window into the lives and culture of the military through food.
“It’s a look at how the food was procured,” Langellier said. “And what was considered the type of food that was proper for the soldier in the...Army in the post-Civil War era.”
Fort Lowell was a U.S. Army post, active from 1873 to 1891 in the outskirts of Tucson. And Langellier said "A Bite to Eat" makes connections with an important part of Tucson’s legacy.
“I think it’s tying to bring the community together, and it’s looking back and seeing ‘what were the things they did right, and what are the things they did wrong," he said.
Food is a common denominator with all people across generations, Langellier said, and he hopes the exhibit provides the community with a deeper understanding of the cultural legacy of the region.
“What can we learn from that history so we can be better stewards of our land...our very fragile land," he said.