In 1893, millions of people descended upon Chicago to visit the World’s Columbian Exposition. Harvard’s Frederic Putnam introduced Victorian-era Americans to the new field of anthropology. Thomas Edison unveiled the moving picture machine. George Ferris became a celebrity with his “Chicago Wheel.” Cracker Jack, hamburgers, shredded wheat, chocolate brownies, and Quaker Oats all made their debuts, and some of the best American beer makers presented their brews. The fair was a celebration of innovation, and this included beer.
Join us for an evening of conversation (and consumption). Beer historian Liz Garibay will discuss the role of beer at the 1893 World’s Fair. Learn how brewers were advancing an array of technologies during this period, drink in the story of how a major beer war took place on the grounds of the Fair's Agricultural Building, and absorb fascinating facts about how beer shaped our nation. After the talk, enjoy a variety of local craft beers and explore All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology, an exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.
Tickets are $20 (includes three beer tastings and light appetizers) and can be purchased on the Peabody Museum's website.
Post-lecture reception and exhibition viewing
The receptions before and after the lecture will feature a thoughtfully curated line-up of beers. Representing the 1893 World’s Fair will be Pabst Blue Ribbon; representing Chicago will be Four Star Pils and 312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Company; and representing Massachusetts will be Flagraiser DIPA and Porter Square Porter from Somerville Brewing Company. Brewery representatives will be on hand to share their beverages and chat about their beers.