Libby H. O’Connell is a cultural historian and author of The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites. She worked at History Channel for 20 years, where she served as Chief Historian and Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility. She has received four EMMYs for her work in television and education. In 2014, President Obama appointed Dr. O’Connell to the US World War I Centennial Commission. She also serves on the board of trustees for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and on the Kitchen Cabinet at the Smithsonian. Having received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, she is delighted to be back in Charlottesville for the Heritage Harvest Festival.