Beer history tends to get lost in the day-to-day business of brewing and beer drinking and for other reasons. (Try looking up the hundreds of stories I posted on The Beer Here since 2007; most were recently expunged from OregonLive. In fact, I’ll be sending copies of my stories — with their Oregonian copyright firmly affixed, O lawyers — and my photos to be archived at OSU; there’s no telling how widely they’ll be available, but at least they won’t be lost down some Orwellian “memory hole.”)
The tireless Tiah Edmundson-Morton has been collecting stories and artifacts and detailed oral histories with dozens of the pioneers of Oregon beer, including the late Fred Eckhardt, Fred Bowman, Art Larrance and many others and working hard to assemble Oregon’s beer history in one place.
The Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives at Oregon State University Libraries and Press has launched a crowd-funding campaign to help expand their hops and brewing collection at OSU’s Valley Library in Corvallis.
Begun in 2013, the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives preserves the story of hop production and the craft brewing movement in Oregon. It’s the first archive in the United States dedicated to preserving and telling the intertwined story of hops and beer, documenting all facets of the craft brewing industry, and uniting the social and cultural aspects of brewing with the sciences of OSU.
“We are really proud of all the work we’ve already done highlighting OSU’s archival collections,” said OHBA archivist, Tiah Edmunson-Morton, “ learning more about OSU’s talented scientists, hosting researchers, working with the public, meeting with the community, and attending a wonderfully wide variety of events and conferences.”
The launch of the crowd-funding campaign will help support the work of OHBA, and organizers hope to meet a $5,000 goal by the end of October.
The Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives has been able to attract state, national and international attention and been featured in publications as varied as Draft Magazine and Library Journal, as well as on radio programs such as “Think Out Loud” and “Beer Radio.”
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