Let’s Talk Turkey?

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so it seems like a good week to talk about turkey. And turkey products. And resource kits about turkey. (Doesn’t everyone have one?!?) Because, as this kit reminds us,

“Turkey is Convenient!”

A joint product of the National Turkey Federation and the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, this 1979 resource kit is quite a piece. It was donated to Special Collections last year and we’ve been holding on to it for just such an occasion. The kit includes a filmstrip, cassette tape, teachers’ guide, student work sheets, and posters.

I’ve included some pages from the guide, which includes a frame-by-frame breakdown of the filmstrip and the accompanying audio, as well as some of the posters. In addition, the guide has suggested classroom activities, historical information, nutritional data, and information on food safety. While I scanned some of the more visual of the images (I’m strongly considering reproductions to decorate my office!), other posters include charts for food pricing and nutritional value.

The kit falls into an odd space of the History of Food and Drink Collection. It isn’t a modern publication, though it isn’t that old, either. There are plenty of new turkey products on the market and some from the kit may no longer be available, but the historical information, recipes, and education content still have value. Plus, it does supply some great images! There aren’t too many of these kits out there anymore, and most of them are in public schools or places like Tech, that have a strong agricultural focus, so we’re pleased to have it.

Although we can’t help you watch the filmstrip, you’re welcome to come check out the paper materials and we’ll even play the cassette for you, should you desire an audio tour of all things turkey. Plus, there are some great suggestions for those leftovers next week. “Bacon-like turkey strips,” anyone?

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