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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced today that it has successfully filled its beer historian position. Theresa McCulla will oversee the three-year American Brewing History InitiativeShe will focus on researching brewing in the 20th and 21st centuries, including the history of consolidation and the swift rise in home and craft brewing since the 1970s.

According to Smithsonian, McCulla will receive a doctorate from Harvard University in American Studies in May, and already holds a culinary arts diploma from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts’ Professional Chefs Program. Between 2007 and 2010, McCulla directed the Food Literacy Project for Harvard University Dining Services and managed Harvard’s two local farmers markets. She has long studied the history of food in the U.S. from the 1800s to today. 

Look forward to two major events tied to McCulla’s position and the new initiative. One is part of Smithsonian Food History Weekend (Oct. 26-28) and the other is the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo to be held in Washington, D.C. from April 10-13.