On display August 3 – 9, 2017
Hershey’s Krackel Labels and Box, 1938-1968
When the Hershey Chocolate Corporation first introduced the Krackel bar in 1938, it contained crisped rice and almonds. Three years later, they switched to toasted peanuts in response to consumer feedback and insufficient almond supplies. In 1942, due to World War II restrictions, Hershey consolidated their number of products. Krackel was temporarily taken off the market. In 1949, it returned in the form we know today – just crisped rice in milk chocolate.
On display August 10 – 16, 2017
Vase, Wampanoag, Martha’s Vineyard, 1884
The cliffs of Aquinnah in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts feature layers of clay in varying colors. Since the mid-1800s, it has been a tourist destination, along with the neighboring towns and beaches. The Wampanoag, the indigenous people of the area, consider the cliffs a sacred place. Starting in the mid-19th century, members of the Wampanoag tribe used clay from the cliffs to create pottery items for sale, such as this vase. The layers of color mimic the layers of the cliffs. Designated a National Natural Landmark since 1965, it is illegal to remove or damage the clay.
On display August 17 – 23, 2017
Capitol Candy School Home Curriculum Kit, 1921-1941
The Capitol Candy School was a home-based curriculum that provided the training necessary to make candy. The school promoted the program to those who wanted to start privately-owned or in-home candy businesses. After each lesson, students mailed the school samples of their work. They received a diploma at the successful end of their course of study. The Capitol Candy School was endorsed by the Hershey Chocolate Corporation.
On display August 24 – 30, 2017
Tube, 1997; Label, 1998; Syrup Bottle, 2005
The Hershey Company has partnered with films and TV shows over the years to cross-promote their products. Often, the special edition packaging also advertises sweepstakes or instant win games. In the late 1990s, both Jurassic Park and Godzilla were summer blockbuster hits. When the ends of this Reese’s tube connect, they form a collectible dinosaur toy. The Hershey’s Milk Chocolate label has one of eight Godzilla scenes. Hershey also released special “Fairly Odd Berry” syrup, inspired by the popular early-2000s Nickelodeon TV show, Fairly OddParents.
On display August 31 – Sept 6, 2017
Victorian Majolica Pitcher, 1870-1900
Victorian Majolica is a style of earthenware pottery decorated with colored lead glaze, popular during the late 1800s. Designs are traditionally nature-inspired and whimsical. Dogwood flowers are a common motif on Majolica. This specific pitcher originates from the studios of Joseph Holdcroft in England. Holdcroft’s pieces are often not marked, but a green glaze on the bottom is a hallmark of his work.
On display Sept 7 – 13, 2017
Hand Carding Combs, Wool and Yarn, 19th century
Hand carding was a process used to separate and align wool fibers prior to spinning. Clean wool fibers that had been finger-separated were placed on the left comb then the right comb was lightly brushed over the left. The process was repeated until the fibers were straight and untangled. The batt of fibers was removed and rolled into a rolag. To make yarn, the fluffy fibers of several rolags were drawn out and twisted using a spinning wheel.
On display Sept 14 – 20, 2017
Knitting Needles, Stockings and Mittens, early 20th century
Knitting is the process of using two or more needles to form a series of interconnected loops with thread or yarn. The earliest known knitted garment is a pair of socks from 11th century Egypt. Knitters produced utilitarian goods such as hosiery, undergarments and sweaters. As availability of mass-produced machine-knitted garments grew in the 1900s, it was less economical to hand-knit items and knitting became a hobby rather than a necessity. Over the last century, knitters have contributed socks and mittens to soldiers, newborn hats to hospitals, and scarves and blankets to the homeless.
On display Sept 21 – 27, 2017
Flax, Hatchel and Linen Bureau Scarf, 19th century
A hatchel, or heckle, is used to process flax, a plant with long fibrous stalks used to make linen. The dried stalks were softened using a flax break or a wooden mallet. Then the stalks were “scutched” to remove the woody chaff and loosen the fibers. The final step was to the comb the flax with a hatchel to separate the short and long fibers. The hatchel was mounted to a flat surface with the teeth pointed up. The flax fibers were then pulled repeatedly through the teeth until the fibers were aligned and separated. Prepared flax fibers were then spun into thread and woven to make linen.
On display Sept 28 – Oct 4, 2017
Pennsylvania German “Show Towel,” 1801
The decorated handtücher or hand towel was an art form unique to the Pennsylvania Germans. Women and girls used hand towels as a way to practice their stitching and show off their abilities. Hung over the utilitarian towel that was used to dry one’s hands, the show towel was “just for fancy.” The maker of this towel included her initials, “C.L.,” and traditional Pennsylvania German design elements such as a pair of peacocks flanking a vase of flowers. The towel is 55 inches long.