Brewing Beer Along the Tuscarawas


When: August 17th
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Cost: Adults-$4; Friends of the Museum-Free


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. Rob 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. Rob’s talk will fascinate viewers not only for its local history but also for the aesthetic appeal of the advertising art. 

Rob 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, Ohio 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 September 24th.



The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this event with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Mary Harris Essay 2017

Due: November 1, 2017
Awarded: November 16 at 6:00 P.M.

Open to persons of any age who reside or work in Coshocton County, including students whose permanent home is in Coshocton County. Essays must have some connection to the County. Only non-fiction with proper citations will be accepted. Works will be judged on writing quality, exposition of topic and accuracy.  Essays which won 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in the 2015 and 2016 contests are ineligible. Other previously submitted entries may be re-submitted in whole or altered form. Previous winners may enter with a new essay.

The competition has $3,000 allotted for prize money--$1,000 for 1st Place, $500 for 2nd, and five $200 prizes for Honorable Mention. A $500 award will also be granted at the discretion of the judges. Entries must be submitted by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by mail or dropped off in person to the Museum by November 1, 2017. Award winners will be announced at the museum on Nov. 16th at 6:00 P.M.

Examples for topics include history, people, culture, Native American nations, languages and culture, flora and fauna, hunting, agriculture, child care, personal dress, make-up and body decoration, religion, philosophy, literature, etc. 

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