In 1851, Jesse Williams, a successful farmer and cheese maker in Rome, believed that farmers could maximize their profits by working together as cooperative dairies. He started the first cheese factory in the United States, which is widely credited with revolutionizing agriculture locally and across the nation.
The presentation will be given by Patrick Reynolds, the museum educator at the Rome Historical Society. A graduate of SUNY Oneonta in American history, Reynolds received a master’s degree in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and has worked in museums and public history for more than 30 years.
Doors open at 5 p.m.
The Oneida County History Center, formerly the Oneida County Historical Society, is a private not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving history and promoting the culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley.
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