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My latest exhibit at The Saratoga County history Center
|Saratoga County History Center|
Potato chip exhibit to open Saturday
BALLSTON SPA — “In the Saratoga Style: Potato Chips and Their Regional Folklore” opens Saturday at Brookside Museum, Saratoga County History Center, 6 Charlton St. The exhibit, which will be on display through Dec. 31, explores the many stories that have claimed to explain the story behind the snack, from disgruntled customers to kitchen mishaps.
The use of the “Saratoga” name to nationally market potato chips is seen through the expansive collection of famed local expert Alan Richer, known as “The Toga Chip Guy.”
The exhibit is open to the public 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information,
go to https://brooksidemuseum.org.
I have recently been featured in twi Times Union Articles
Please read the articles by clicking the links below!
Article 1 - Vanderbilt helped invent the chip in Saratoga?
Likely a salty myth
Article 2 - Toga Chip Guy makes a second showing on History Channel
Please read the article in Saratoga Today that features, your's truly, The Toga Chip Guy!
Listen to my recent interview on Heart Radio.
Listen To The New History Channel Podcast
After appearing in several episodes of The History Channel's Series "The Food That Built America", I have now been prominently featured in an associated podcast.
Please visit The ACast Site to listen!
Please read my recent interview with Julia Dunn on CBS 6.
Read The Article About Me In Saratoga Today Entitled "Who: Alan Richer, The Toga Chip Guy"
This article was just published today, April 2nd, It starts on Page 3.
Click here to read!
Watch the latest episode of the History Channel's "The FoodThat Built America "that aired on Natational Potato Chip Day, March 14. Featuring the history of Herman Lay and then rival Fritos!
Click here to watch
John Karolefski, author of the blog Grocery Stories at:
has written a book about grocery shopping. He had requested a quote from me about about chips -- their place in snack history, their popularity, etc.
I had provided him with a quote that I will disclose once his book is published.
Here is that quote!
"Potato chips are more American than apple pie. Compare the shelf space allotted to potato chips and apple pie in your local grocery store"
On Novemeber 19th 2019, I spoke to the New York Capital Region Elfuns Club at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park NY, on the History of the Potato Chip.
The club consists of mostly retired General Electric employees.
The Toga Chip Guy Is On The Air!
I have been interviewed about the history of the potato chip by a California based radio station, Yesterday USA Radio Networks, at 10:30pm New York time on Saturday, September 14th.
HERR'S POTATO CHIPS
Established Circa 1946
In 1946, Jim Herr, then 21 years old, purchased a small potato chip company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Initial sales averaged approximately thirty dollars a week.
In 1958, the company introduced flavored potato chips, and in 1974, switched to foil packaging from the traditional glassine bags. The 1970s and 1980s saw a growth in the snack food industry which prompted an expansion in the variety of products being manufactured, including corn chips, tortilla chips, and pretzels. The 1980s also saw the addition of the Herr Angus Farm, a cattle farm which made use of potato waste products.
Jim Herr began transferring control of the company to his sons, Ed Herr and J. M. Herr, in the 1990s, with Ed taking over as company spokesman. Jim Herr retired as company chair in favor of J. M. Herr in January 2005, but remained on the board of directors until his death. Jim Herr died on April 5, 2012, at the age of 87. Ed Herr and J. M. Herr assumed the roles of president and executive chairman respectively.
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