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


A Rare Piece of Hershey Lumber Company History

by Valerie Seiber The Hershey Lumber Company, the successor of Hershey Improvement Company, operated from 1927 until 1971. Just a few short months after the Lumber Company closed, a fire broke out destroying the building and the majority of the company’s records. During its 40-plus years in operation, employees at the Lumber Company made wooden furniture … Continue reading A Rare Piece of Hershey Lumber Company History


Time Traveling: The Rise and Fall of the American Pocket Watch

by Kathryn Kaslow It is easy to take timepieces for granted. Our wrist watches, phones, and even our microwaves display the time. However, the ability to instantaneously know the time down to the exact minute and second has not always been a mainstay of American society, as illustrated by The Hershey Story’s collection of Pennsylvania German clocks … Continue reading Time Traveling: The Rise and Fall of the American Pocket Watch




Hershey and Pasta: An Interesting Relationship

by Valerie Seiber Twenty years ago The Hershey Company (formerly known as Hershey Foods Corporation) was known for both chocolate and pasta. Beginning in 1966, Hershey Pasta Group operated as a division of Hershey Foods. The pasta division held a sizable market share in dried pasta manufacturing that was developed through the acquisition of small, … Continue reading Hershey and Pasta: An Interesting Relationship


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


Amateur Archaeologist’s Collection Remains Noteworthy

by Valerie S. Seiber One of the important collections held by The Hershey Story is that of David Herr Landis. Landis was not a professional archaeologist or historian but his efforts to document and preserve American Indian artifacts from Lancaster and York counties contributed greatly to our understanding of Susquehannock Indian culture. The collection contains … Continue reading Amateur Archaeologist’s Collection Remains Noteworthy


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

Visit the Museum Shop
Combo Pass