Upper Hudson Valley Beer

Upper Hudson Valley Beer

The Upper Hudson Valley has a long and full-bodied brewing tradition. Arriving in the 1600s, the Dutch established the area as a brewing center, a trend that continued well into the eighteenth century despite two devastating wars.

The Erie Canal helped develop Albany into a beer capital of North America—“Albany Ale” was exported across America and around the world. Upper Hudson Valley breweries continued to thrive until Prohibition, and some, like Beverwyck and Stanton, survived the dark years to revive the area’s brewing tradition. Since the 1980s, there has been a renaissance in Upper Hudson Valley craft brewing, including Newman’s, C.H. Evans, Shmaltz and Chatham Brewing.

Beer scholars Craig Gravina and Alan McLeod explore the sudsy story of Upper Hudson Valley beer. On November 22, they will discuss and sign their new book, “Upper Hudson Valley Beer.”

Admission is $5.00, free for members of the Schenectady County Historical Society. For more information, please contact Educator/Assistant Curator Jenna Peterson at 518-887-5073, or by email at educator@schenectadyhistorical.org. The Mabee Farm Historic Site is wheelchair accessible, with off-street parking in front of the George E. Franchere Educational Center.

Electric City book talk

Electric City: General Electric in Schenectady

Presented by Julia Kirk Blackwelder

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Ave., Schenectady, NY 12305

Admission: $5.00; Free for Schenectady County Historical Society Members

Click here to download a PDF flyer for this event.

Electric City: General Electric in Schenectady explores the history of General Electric in Schenectady from the company’s creation in 1892 to the present. Julia Kirk Blackwelder draws on company records as well as other archival and secondary sources and personal interviews to produce an engaging and multi-layered history of General Electric’s workplace culture and its effects on community life. Her research demonstrates how business and community histories intersect, and her nuanced look at race, gender, and class sets a standard for corporate history.

Julia Kirk Blackwelder is an emerita professor at Texas A&M University. She is also the author of Styling Jim Crow: African American Beauty Training during Segregation (2003); Now Hiring: The Feminization of Work in the United States, 1900–1995 (1997); and Women of the Depression: Caste and Culture in San Antonio, 1929–1939 (1984). She is a Schenectady County native and currently resides in the Town of Ballston, New York.

For more information, please contact Librarian Melissa Tacke at 518-374-0263, option 3, or by email at librarian@schenectadyhistorical.org. The Schenectady County Historical Society is wheelchair accessible, with off-street parking behind the building and overflow parking next door at the YWCA.