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 a cheese factory in the n 1851 just north of Rome, NY and helped revolutionize the modern cheese industry locally and across the nation.
Patrick Reynolds is set to look at the history behind the modern cheese industry and the region’s contributions on Wednesday, September 11th. This program takes place in the Oneida County History Center’s main gallery in Utica. Doors open at 5 pm and the program starts at 5:30 pm.
Patrick Reynolds is currently the Museum Educator at the Rome Historical Society. A graduate of SUNY Oneonta in American History, he received MA in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. He has worked in museums and public history for over thirty years.
The Oneida County History Center is located at 1608 Genesee Street, Utica. More information is available on the OCHC website, or by calling (315) 735-3642.
Illustration of Williams origional cheese factory provided.