Joyce began working in museums in college in the late 1980s when she was a museum education intern at the Geneva Historical Society/Rose Hill Mansion in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Joyce's first experience cooking historic food occurred there while performing the role of an 1840s kitchen maid at Rose Hill, where she cooked cakes with every 4th grade class in the county!
After college, Joyce's became the Education Curator at the Square House Museum, an 18th century tavern located on the Boston Post Rd, operated by the Rye Historical Society in Westchester County, NY. During her time there she was able to cook frequently on the tavern's 18th century hearth.
In Maryland, Joyce began work in 2006 as the Education Director and Foodways Consultant at the c. 1801 Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale Park, MD, was the consultant for the restoration of the 18th-century kitchen at Annapolis’s William Paca House in 2006, was the guest curator for the Maryland State Exhibit for the Southern Food & Beverage Museum in New Orleans, LA in 2012, and is currently Vice President of Annapolis’ c. 1774 Hammond-Harwood House Museum.
Joyce is also an independent consultant to historic museums and offers PowerPoint presentations on a variety of topics, writes articles for local publications such as Outlook by the Bay, MarylandRoadTrips.com, Chesapeake Family Magazine, and assorted blogs, and is now creating historically accurate faux food items of use at historic sites.
Joyce has a B.A. from William Smith College, an M.A. in American Studies from Penn State University, and has studied food history with leaders in the field at various historic sites in England and the US.
You can find Joyce on Facebook at A Taste of History with Joyce White or at www.atasteofhistory.net. Joyce lives in Annapolis with her husband and has two grown daughters.