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Collection Occupational Folklife Project

Tillamook: Cheesemakers in Coastal Oregon

Folklorist Jared L. Schmidt of Rockaway Beach, Oregon, received a 2021 Archie Green Fellowship to document the Tillamook County Creamery Association, a farmer-owned cooperative in coastal Oregon. Over the course of a century, Tillamook Creamery’s cheese and dairy products have become a nationally prominent brand while maintaining a local farmer-owner co-op model. "The result is a sense of cultural heritage and identity rooted in and expressed through dairy." These interviews document individuals employed in the wide range of jobs and occupations associated with the county’s cheesemaking process including dairy farmers, factory line workers, food scientists, and marketing specialists.

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