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Rome Historical Society to present local hops history

Posted 9/1/22

On Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m., local historian Matthew Urtz will present the program “When Hops Were King” at Rome Historical Society.

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Rome Historical Society to present local hops history

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ROME — On Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m., local historian Matthew Urtz will present the program “When Hops Were King” at Rome Historical Society.

In the 19th century, hops dominated the rural economy in central New York including Madison County where they were first cultivated. This program will explore the local history of hops, the importance of Madison, Oneida, and Otsego counties in their production, why the industry failed and the recent rebirth of hops farming in the region.

This program is free and open to the public.

Urtz was appointed as Madison County Historian in April 2010. He has served on the board of numerous cultural organizations and spearheaded a successful veteran’s interview program. Urtz is also the author of “Honoring World War Casualties of Madison County, New York” and has had many articles published in local and regional newspapers and magazines.

Urtz shares his knowledge on a variety of historical topics through dozens of public and private presentations each year.

 

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