The McHenry Museum will host an exhibit on Tillie Lewis, an icon in the canning industry, and a talk by her biographer.
Kyle Elizabeth Wood will speak Saturday, June 10, about “Tillie Lewis: The Tomato Queen,” published earlier this year. It tells how Lewis rose from a Brooklyn tenement to become a leader in the food industry, starting with a Stockton tomato cannery in 1935. She later expanded into various fruits and vegetables there and in Modesto. She died in 1977.
The book was featured in a Modesto Bee story in February.
The talk will be at 2 p.m. at the museum, at 14th and I streets in Modesto. The exhibit is expected to be up in time for this event and will run through July. Museum hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission is free.