Brewing Beer Along the Tuscarawas visual presentation set

| August 15, 2017

This advertising tray was made in Coshocton and is from a Steubenville brewery. Contributed | Beacon

COSHOCTON – Brewing Beer Along the Tuscarawas, a presentation by Robert A. Musson, M.D., will take place Thursday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum.

Before highways were built to convey goods from one town to another, people depended on rivers and canals. When considering where to build a factory, the smart choice was to build it near a waterway so you could easily transport your products. Musson will use brewery advertising products (trays and signs, primarily) to present a pictorial history of the ones built along the Tuscarawas River from the early 1800s through 1949. His presentation begins with the breweries in Canton and then moves south through Massillon, Zoar, Dover, New Philadelphia, and Coshocton. Every town had at least one brewery. Musson’s talk will fascinate viewers not only for its local history but also for the aesthetic appeal of the advertising art.

Musson is a practicing physician and brewery historian who has been researching the history of the brewing industry in Ohio and Pennsylvania for 25 years. He has written more than 30 books on the subject, and one of those, “Brewing Beer Along the Tuscarawas,” details the histories of breweries from canal Fulton to Coshocton, covering a period of two centuries. He lives in Medina, with his wife and three daughters.

“Brewing Beer Along the Tuscarawas” will be shown in the museum’s Montgomery Gallery where the special exhibit, Breweriana—Preserving the History of the American Brewing Industry, is on display. The term “Breweriana” refers to any article containing a brewery name or beer brand, particularly collectibles. The special exhibit features trays, signs, containers and photos that advertise breweries or beer products. Several were made in Coshocton. The exhibit runs through Sept. 24. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this event with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Program is free with museum admission: $4 for adults and free for museum friends. The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum is open daily from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is located at 300 N. Whitewoman St. in Historic Roscoe Village. For information, contact the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum at 740-622-8710 or visit its website – [email protected].

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