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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

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