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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