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THE HARVARD BREWING COMPANY
 
As for the buildings, the lager house was heavily damaged in a 
fire during 1957 and razed in 1961 with most of the other 
structures to make room for the Sears shopping center built 
during the early 1960's.

     One contemporary critic noted the major culprit in the closing 
of the Harvard Brewery; "The real difficulties came in the period 
after December, 1941, when the property was seized by the 
government.  Thereafter, in considerable degree, it became a 
plaything in the hands of alert politicians. They used it 
considerably as a patronage outlet, either in the assignment of 
unnecessary positions, or in the purchase of goods that were 
not needed.  Thus the brewery was stripped of much of its 
stability as a going business."  Although the government effectively 
ruined a great brewery, the memory of Harvard continues in the 
company's paperwork and photographs, in the collections of 
bottles, cans and advertising, and in the stories of the workers 
themselves.

 

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