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About the Project

An Oral History

The Ford Memorial Library in Ovid has been awarded a two-year, $50,000 Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Library grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Ford Library’s Cayuga-Seneca Lakes Agriculture and Craft Beverage Memory Project initiates a ground-breaking oral history project to document the craft beverage industries between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. The project will feature interviews from winery owners, vineyard managers, winemakers, brewers, distillers, and cider makers. The participants will range from founding members of the first and longest running wine trail in America, as well craft beverage producers who have made the Finger Lakes recognized nationally and globally as a leader in wine and beverage production. The project will document and preserve the unique and personal stories of producers, and will be accompanied by public round-table discussions from historians and industry leaders.

Want to help?

Library Archivist Monica Kelly will be reaching out to owners to schedule our first round of interviews this summer. Each interview will take approximately one hour. We are also seeking donations of materials to digitize such as photographs, ephemera, early labels, tasting sheets, or advertisements to create a complimentary archives collection for the library and exhibitions as well as NY Heritage.

If you have any questions or suggestions for this project, please contact us. We look forward to using the national grant to spotlight our community.

Roundtable Discussions

Monica Kelly brings together experts in local history and the craft beverage industry to discuss topics of interest in collaboration with Fingerlakes1.