Archaeologist Jim Gibb, using period illustrations and the results of excavation of the Columbus Center Cheese Factory in Chenango County, New York, will join us to describe the rise of the industry in the early 1860s and its eventual concentration in just a few locations. Jim will discuss the effects the reorganization of the industry had on thousands of dairy farms. He will also identify the culprit responsible for the demise of small factories and the abandonment of many of New York State's dairy farms in the 1890s. As this will be a virtual presentation, Jim encourages participants to supply their own cheese and beverages of choice.
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