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Apples to Applejack, on Apple Street:
the Story of Laird's Applejack
April 2, 2017

Ninth generation family member Lisa Laird Dunn is Vice President and World Ambassador of Laird & Company. Located in Monmouth County and dating to 1780, Laird holds U.S. Distillery License #1 that was issued immediately after Prohibition’s repeal. Lisa's grandfather John Evans Laird and uncle John Evans Laird, Jr. both graduated from Cornell.

Lisa discussed the history of the Laird family, America’s oldest family of distillers, along with the history of Laird’s Applejack, America’s oldest native distilled spirit, and how Laird’s history reflects American history.

The event was held at Mumford's Culinary Center, on, er, Apple Street in Tinton Falls

Pre-talk conversation: left, CCMO President Polly Chu '81 and the speaker

Introducing the speaker

The speaker flanked by, at left, event organizer Annie O'Rourke '86 and, at right, CCMO President Polly Chu '81

Photos: Steve Chu