The History of War Speaker's Series


Thursday, July 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

History in a Bottle: Glass Containers and American Industrialization

in the late 1800s and early 1900s

Speaker – Jared Smith

at the Tempe History Museum

      For being such a common artifact, bottles have a unique, intense draw for many different people.  Whether someone is an archaeologist, a collector, a historian, or all of us who use these containers in our everyday lives, the bottle can be read like a document.  These deceptively-simple containers can tell you when and where they were made, who used them, and what products were carried inside.  No matter who you are, the detective in all of us can learn something about these amazing everyday objects that will tell us more than we thought they could.  Bottles also tell us a great deal about the American industrial revolution of the post-Civil War era and how industrialization changed over those years and into the twentieth century.  The mechanization of bottle-making occurred long before many American industries used machines to manufacture their products, and so bottles help us to glimpse bigger changes – many for the better and some not – that were coming down the road. 

Admission is free and open to the public.