All posts by Amy Bischof


Clothing and Adornments from the Plains American Indian Collection at The Hershey Story

by Lauren Ciriac Wenger The Hershey Story’s American Indian collection contains a variety of items from American Indian groups of the Great Plains region, including several clothing items and adornments. They are artfully created, decorated with beads, quills, and other traditional materials. The detail and quality of these objects truly display the makers’ skillfulness and care. … Continue reading Clothing and Adornments from the Plains American Indian Collection at The Hershey Story



The Development of the Modern Christmas

by Lauren Ciriac Wenger It may seem like Christmas traditions that we cherish have been around forever. The Christmas tree, sending Christmas cards, exchanging gifts, and Santa Claus traveling on his sleigh pulled by reindeer are central parts of many Americans’ Christmas celebrations. But Christmas as we know it today developed in the not-too-distant past … Continue reading The Development of the Modern Christmas


How Trolleys Helped Hershey Thrive

by Lauren Ciriac Wenger When Milton Hershey planned to build a chocolate factory and develop a community around it, he returned to the area in which he grew up. It was surrounded by farmland, including several dairy farms that would provide fresh milk for chocolate. Throughout the countryside, small towns were connected by dirt roads. … Continue reading How Trolleys Helped Hershey Thrive


A Small Piece of the Past: Relic Hunting and Souvenir Collecting in the 1800s

by Lauren Ciriac Wenger The 1800s was a time of incredible development, expansion, and change in America. Important historic events occurred during this century—the Library of Congress was established, the Civil War was fought, the Statue of Liberty was gifted to the United States by France, and Yellowstone, the first National Park, was signed into … Continue reading A Small Piece of the Past: Relic Hunting and Souvenir Collecting in the 1800s


Interwoven: The Many Ways that American Indians Used Baskets

By Lauren Ciriac Wenger The Hershey Story first opened in 1933 as the Hershey Indian Museum, and collected and exhibited only American Indian artifacts. We continue to preserve this collection today, and it’s important for several reasons. It is representative of American Indian groups from regions throughout North America, including the Northwest Coast, Southwest, Northeast, … Continue reading Interwoven: The Many Ways that American Indians Used Baskets


Vintage Valentines

By Lauren Ciriac Wenger Here at The Hershey Story we are big fans of Valentine’s Day, because… chocolate! Chocolate is arguably the most gifted item on Valentine’s Day, along with flowers. Although the Valentine’s Day card can sometimes become an afterthought next to these, there was a time when the card was the centerpiece of … Continue reading Vintage Valentines


The Cure to All of Your Troubles: Patent Medicines at the Turn of the Century

By Lauren Ciriac Wenger During the late 1800s and early 1900s, “patent medicines” in the form of elixirs, salves, and pills were at their height of popularity. These medicinal concoctions often claimed to ease an incredibly long list of ailments, and because of this they became known as “cure-alls.” Many of these claims were unfounded, … Continue reading The Cure to All of Your Troubles: Patent Medicines at the Turn of the Century


And This You See, Remember Me

By Lauren Ciriac Wenger Since the 15th century, individuals have created needlepoint samplers to demonstrate or practice their embroidery skills.  Produced throughout Europe, the craft traveled to the New World with colonists.  The Hershey Story’s artifact collection includes several samplers from the 18th and 19th centuries that demonstrate the craftsmanship of Pennsylvania Germans. Until the … Continue reading And This You See, Remember Me


From Osterhase to Chocolate Eggs: Easter in Pennsylvania

By Lauren Ciriac Wenger Early 1900s Easter postcard. The years 1907-1915 are considered the Golden Age of postcards, as sending them became very popular. People sent postcards to celebrate all major holidays including Easter, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Halloween. Easter is a popular holiday throughout the world and second only to Halloween for candy purchases … Continue reading From Osterhase to Chocolate Eggs: Easter in Pennsylvania