Title

The Influence of Hops in Independence and Polk County: A Museum Story

Date

5-26-2016 2:45 PM

End Time

26-5-2016 3:15 PM

Location

WUC Willamette Room

Department

Anthropology

Session Chair

Robin Smith

Session Chair

Isidore Lobnibe

Session Title

Anthropology Symposium

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Robin Smith

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

During my internship at The Heritage Museum of Independence, I learned how to best collect, preserve and display artifacts and documents that best represent daily life after 1840 in Independence and Polk County. I also became aware of the spirited and varied history that makes Independence unique. Today I will share the story of how hops, the bittering additive in beer, earned the small town of Independence the title “Hop Capital of the World.” Highlights of this story include a diverse but segregated workforce, natural disasters, a weakening economy, and a resilient community. Several historic festivals had originally celebrated the end of the hop harvests in migrant camps. Now, Independence celebrates its culture and history with the Hop and Heritage Festival. Small museums contribute to community solidarity through the use of artifacts and documents to narrate local stories so they are not forgotten. Every community has a story to tell. I invite you to visit the Heritage Museum of Independence and hope the intriguing stores of Independence and Polk County have inspired you to learn more about your own hometown.

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May 26th, 2:45 PM May 26th, 3:15 PM

The Influence of Hops in Independence and Polk County: A Museum Story

WUC Willamette Room

During my internship at The Heritage Museum of Independence, I learned how to best collect, preserve and display artifacts and documents that best represent daily life after 1840 in Independence and Polk County. I also became aware of the spirited and varied history that makes Independence unique. Today I will share the story of how hops, the bittering additive in beer, earned the small town of Independence the title “Hop Capital of the World.” Highlights of this story include a diverse but segregated workforce, natural disasters, a weakening economy, and a resilient community. Several historic festivals had originally celebrated the end of the hop harvests in migrant camps. Now, Independence celebrates its culture and history with the Hop and Heritage Festival. Small museums contribute to community solidarity through the use of artifacts and documents to narrate local stories so they are not forgotten. Every community has a story to tell. I invite you to visit the Heritage Museum of Independence and hope the intriguing stores of Independence and Polk County have inspired you to learn more about your own hometown.