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2016 WEBSTER MUSEUM ANNUAL HOLIDAY TREE DECORATING COMPETITION
The public is invited to decorate 4 foot trees placed throughout the museum beginning Saturday, November 26. Groups, individuals, families, friends, scouts, etc. decorate trees and themes have included location in museum, whimsy, current events or the organization represented.
Trees must be decorated before Saturday, December 3rd. Public vote determines the winners in both the Youth and Adult categories and 1st place winners each receive $25. Voting begins December 3rd as part of the Village White Christmas event and continues during regular museum hours through the end of December.
The museum will be open for decorating Saturday, November 26, 2-4:30 pm, Tuesday November 29th 2-4:30 pm, Thursday, December 1, 2-4:30 pm and Wednesday evening November 30, 6-7:30 pm.
The Webster Museum is located at 18 Lapham Park in Webster Village and regular hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 2-4:30 pm. The phone number is 265-3308.
Please call Webster Museum volunteer Sharon Pratt at 347-4202 if you have questions or would like to decorate a tree.
Veteran's Day 2016 : Mr. Ted Ellstrom
We are extremely grateful to Mr. Ted Ellstrom for sharing stories of his military service during World War II at the Webster Museum Veteran's Day Presentation.
A brief history of Chocolate
Chocolate has been consumed as a beverage for many thousands of years in Central American and parts of Mexico throughout the Olmeca, Mayan, and Aztec civilizations.
16th century Conquistador, Hernán Cortés is believed to have introduced chocolate to his native Spain on his return from the new world. It soon became a popular beverage across Europe.
It wasn't until 1847 that chocolate suitable for large scale production was successfully formed into a bar by the English firm, J. S. Fry & Sons, though the taste would not have likely pleased our taste buds. In 1866 they began commercial production of Fry's Chocolate Cream bars (a refined version of the original is still available to this day in the UK).
In 1879 Rudolphe Lindt developed a "conching" machine that helped improve the texture and flavor of the chocolate to what we today expect from a chocolate bar.
The name most closely associated with American chocolate opened for business in February of 1894.
In 1911, The Mars family began their chocolate business.
During World War II chocolate was difficult to come by and what was available was controlled by Hershey's as they provided chocolate bars to the troops.
Though competitors, Forrest Mars Sr., son of the Mars founder saw English soldiers eating small chocolate beads encased in a hard sugar shell (Smarties) and took his idea to produce an American version to Bruce Murrie, the son of Hershey executive William Murrie. The pair teamed up to produce M & M's (Mars & Murrie) for distribution to the military.
Following the war, the product went public, Forrest Mars bought out Murrie's 20% of the venture, and eventually the firm discontinued using Hershey's chocolate. In 1950, each m&m began being imprinted with a black "m", but in 1954 they changed the imprint color to white.
|Fry's Chocolate Cream (UK)||1866||Mondelēz/Kraft||J.S. Fry & Sons|
|Clark Bar||1917||Necco||D.L. Clark Co.|
|Oh Henry!||1920||Nestlé||Williamson Candy Co.|
|Baby Ruth||1921||Nestlé||Curtiss Candy Co.|
|Butterfinger||1923||Nestlé||Curtiss Candy Co.|
|Reese's Peanut Butter Cups||1928||Hershey's||H.B. Reese Candy Co.|
|Smarties (UK)||1937 (1882)||Nestlé||Rowntree's|
|Rolo||1937 (US 1969)||Nestlé||Mackintosh's|
|KitKat||1935 (US 1970)||Hershey's (US) / Nestlé||Rowntree's|
|York Peppermint Pattie||1940||Hershey's||Peter Paul|
|Lindor Truffles||1949||Lindt & Sprüngli||Lindt & Sprüngli|
|Twix||1966 (US 1979)||Mars||Mars UK|
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