How a farmer from Rome built the country’s first cheese factory and revolutionized American agriculture is the subject of a presentation today, Sept. 11, at the Oneida County History Center in Utica.
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.
The program is in the History Center’s main gallery, 1608 Genesee St. in Utica. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program starts at 5:30.
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. Admission to this program is free for the general public; donations are encouraged. More information is available at 315-735-3642, www.oneidacountyhistory.org and on Facebook.com.