Guilderland Historical Society


2020 GHS Programs

Ferbruary 20th 7:30 pm

Schenectady Suds: The Local Story of Beer presented by  Michael Diana

The first Dutch settlers arriving in New Netherland (today's New York) depended on beer. Now, with the growing craft beer trend,  we can truly see what integral role beer played in our history. Agriculture, transportation, technology, politics and social issues have all played a part in beer's history, and in turn has affected our own lives.

Michael Diana grew up in Guilderland, New York and has long been fascinated with the natural and historic landscape of the Mohawk Valley. He studied history at Hamilton College and returned to Schenectady where he currently works as the Programs and Education Manager of the Schenectady County Historical Society. In that role, he regularly leads walking tours and presentations for audiences of all descriptions. He recently wrote a new interpretive script for the long-popular Mabee Farm Historic site and is eager to share the remarkable stories he's learned in the process.